Snake Worshiping Pastor Dies From a Poisonous Rattle Snake Bite

Pastor James Coots refused medical treatment and died as a result.
3:00 | 02/17/14

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death of a famous preacher whose faith centered on a passage from the bible promising protection from P snakes. A rattlesnake took his life. We've been reporting on this church for a long time. Now we'll show you images from behind closed doors. Here's ABC's Steve O osunsami. Reporter: Pastor Jamie Coots was always ready to meet Jesus and the bite that killed him happened in the church with everyone watching. He told me you get bit you die at home or god bring us through. Reporter: The preacher himself walked us through his world last year where believers speak in tongues. To many outsiders it doesn't make sense using poisonous snakes to worship god. That's the singing of a rattlesnake. Reporter: The pentecostal families and their hit Reale series, there's more than 100 of these churches across appalachia, fighting with state and local authority, pastors arrested for using deadly snakes in worship. The snake is nothing more to me. It's a tool used in the bible. Reporter: A verse from the book of mark defines their faith. They shall take up serpents. And if they drink any deadly, it shall not hurt them. Reporter: True believers refuse treatment when the snake bites. For the pastor was eight times. Doctors say bite victims must always survive when they get medical help immediately. Steve osunsaosunsami. Atlanta. Coots son will take over the church and still use snakes.

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