Gregory James Coots, a pastor in Kentucky, was recently arrested for being involved in the venomous snake trade. He had over 50 illegal poisonous snakes in his home. People have died at his church services from handling poisonous snakes, because he believes that Christians can handle them without being harmed.
This is just a kook, right? Well, listen to what Jesus says:
These signs will accompany those who believe: in my name they will cast out demons; they will speak in new tongues; they will pick up serpents with their hands; and if they drink any deadly poison, it will not hurt them; they will lay their hands on the sick, and they will recover. (Mark 16:17-18)
If you take the Bible literally, why not handle snakes and drink deadly poison? Jesus says believers won’t be hurt by them. So obviously, if you’re hurt by them, you’re not a true believer.
Take the Jesus Poison Challenge!
Sounds like a good test to me. Where are the Christians willing to drink a deadly mixture of cyanide to see if Jesus will protect them as he says?
This is something that can tested — either it is true or it isn’t. If it’s not true, the Bible is wrong. If it is true, then the Bible is right. Pretty simple.
There has to be millions of Christians willing to take their faith to the next level and try this experiment, right? This is being radical for Jesus! Any takers?
No? Hmm. I wonder why.