Jesus answered, "It is said: "Do not put the Lord your God to the test." Luke 4:12, NIV
He had, oh so much faith, and he was oh so wrong.Headline reads, "Snake-handling Ky. pastor dies from snake bite." This happens from time to time. Someone reads the Bible where Jesus says, "Do not put the Lord your God to the test." and then proceed to put God to the test. "Do not" to them means "do".
Part of the passage concerning immunity to snake bites mentions poisons also. You can get lucky with snakes for awhile, but poisons are not forgiving. I would suggest drain cleaner, or straight potassium hydroxide dissolved in water. Copper sulphate solution is good also. These can't be "fudged" and provide a quick remedy for those promoting such false doctrines.
You can see what happens when a profoundly ignorant person chooses out a certain scripture and does not read the rest of the Bible. The signs that would follow the apostles were temporary. Already in Paul's time the signs were fading. We are to follow the Bible and not misuse sign gifts.
Can you imagine any of the apostles deliberately putting themselves in harm's way so that God would rescue them? Can you picture Paul having snake handling as part of a Bible meeting?
These terrible practices cause people to laugh at our faith and its believers. This is another example of an ignorant pastor misleading his people, and of the lack of discernment of the congregation. They followed a man instead of the Bible.