“God’s appointed time of death trumps everything.” So says, Tabernacle Church of God Pastor Andrew Hamblin.
That’s the genius of faith. It is an ironclad, self-affirming, circular logic. The kind of logic that lead physicist Niels Bohr to state:
“You’re not thinking; you’re just being logical.”
Gambling made his statement as members of the (breathe in) Full Gospel Tabernacle in Jesus Name Church in Middlesboro, Kentucky returned to snake handling after the death by snake bite of Pastor Jamie Coots.
Coots died from a rattlesnake bite at church in front of the faithful. Some were shaken but not for long. Their secure logic cut in. They returned to worship, to hold snakes, to control Satan.
Other forms of logic are manifested by the English Defence League members who state that that the murderers of Lee Rigby should also be murdered by the State to teach people about common sense and logic.
Back to the Church and religious logic though:
“Everything that happened, where it happened, was the Lord’s will,” Coots said.
Given that Pastor Coots believed firmly in his god as fact, his statement is logical. He, like many a scientist confronting Bohr with facts that were undermined by, example, Complementarity, turned to what appeared to him to make sense.
Finally, John Wayne “Punkin” Brown, continued to handle serpents after his wife’s death. He was killed by a snake in 1998, at the age of 34, while preaching at an Alabama.
His last words to the congregation were, “No matter what else, God’s still God.” Mmmmm?