TV Snake Handlers Selective About The Counsels Of God They Abide By
On the National Geographic network reality series “Snake Salvation”, an ongoing storyline dealt with one of the pastor's daughter whose unemployed husband left her.
It is pointed out that, according to the belief's of the sect, if the she remarries, she will go to Hell.
However, that punishment is not necessarily connected with that particular sin if forgiveness is not asked for., especially on the part of the wronged party.What about the young man in this situation?
It says in I Timothy 5:18 that the one that does not provide for his family is worse than an infidel.
Seems there would be a greater chance of him being tossed into everlasting damnation for taking a wife while having no means or intentions of providing for her.
And if we are to be hyper-Biblical to the point where the true believer must handle serpents and there seems to be little lasting forgiveness, shouldn't this pastor now resign his pulpit if he can't even prevent his own daughter's marriage from falling apart?
After all, according to I Timothy 3:4, one of the qualifications for holding the pastorate is to rule over his family well.
Most Christians living in the twenty-first century realize that there are limitations to that particular passage of Scripture.
However, we aren't the ones running up and down the pews with a snake in one hand and a Molotov cocktail in the other.
Frederick Meekins is an independent theologian and social critic. Frederick holds a BS in Political Science/History, a MA in Apologetics/Christian Philosophy from Trinity Theological Seminary, and a PhD. in Christian Apologetics from Newburgh Theological Seminary.