Handling Snakes and Mishandling Scriptures

Gregory James Coots (November 17, 1971 – February 15, 2014) was a Pentecostal pastor in Kentucky who was featured in the National Geographic Channel reality television show Snake Salvation, which documented the lives of people who practice snake handling. Coots died from a rattlesnake bite during a service.

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Jamie called himself the pastor of Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, KY.

Coots was bitten by snakes eight times prior to his fatal snake bite.

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What’s In Store for the USA?

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Mount Moriah and the Messiah

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Cornelius Does Not Help “Faith Only” Advocates

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