I just had this discussion in our breakfast Bible study so I will recapitulate it while it’s fresh on my mind. Mark 16:16-18 says that certain signs will accompany believers – namely, they will cast out demons, be protected from snakebite and poison and heal the sick. I believe all of Scripture. So – why do we not handle snakes in our congregation? Why do we not conduct specific healing services? Just as a side note: I have long observed that many more congregations elect to handle snakes than to gulp down cyanide. But hey – name your poison, I guess.
Pastor and Author Terry Bailey, Senior Minister of Indian Run Christian Church