An East Tennessee pastor who handles snakes as part of his faith has been cited by TWRA, and his venomous snakes have been confiscated.
This is one of those snake handling churches. I believe that snake handling violates what the Bible says when Jesus responds to the devil that we should not test God.
Then the devil took him to the holy city, and made him stand on the parapet of the temple, and said to him, If you are the Son of God, throw yourself down. For it is written: 'He will command his angels concerning you and ‘with their hands they will support you, lest you dash your foot against a stone.’ Jesus answered him, Again it is written, ‘You shall not put the Lord, your God, to the test.’
(Matthew 4:5-7 NAB)
However, the pastor claims that this is a violation of his religious freedom. What do you say about this? Is this a violation of his religious freedom or was this justified?
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