Just days after a snake-handling preacher died as a result of a serpent’s poisonous bite, his son has pledged to follow in his father’s footsteps.
Cody Coots purportedly held the very same snake that killed his father, Pastor Jamie Coots, over the weekend, pledging not to seek medical attention if he, too, is bitten.
Coots, 21, brought the snake out in front of parishioners Saturday night at Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name in Middlesboro, Ky., according to TMZ.
A video obtained by the popular entertainment website features Coots dancing and interacting with a snake in front of his congregation.
Watch the clip below:
If he’s eventually bitten, Coots told TMZ he has no plans to seek medical attention.
“I will lay right there and say to everyone, it’s God’s will,” he said. “It’s good enough to live by, and good enough to die by.”
Coots previously told WBIR-TV that he planned to lead the church and continue in his father’s tradition, despite previously telling his father that he doesn’t want to be a pastor.
“For me to step down on those things that he taught me, I don’t know if he would come back out of his grave and slap me clean across the face,” Coots said. “That’s how much he believed in it. I mean he was that strong in it. He believed in it enough he died for it, so I won’t step down for anyone.”
Jamie Coots was featured last year on National Geographic Channel’s “Snake Salvation” reality show.
TheBlaze has explored snake handling in detail.
(H/T: Huffington Post)
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