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Lauren Pond (US): Faith and Its Price

Inge Morath Award Finalist, 2013

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“And these signs shall follow them that believe; In my name shall they cast out devils; they shall speak with new tongues; 

They shall take up serpents; and if they drink any deadly thing, it shall not hurt them; they shall lay hands on the sick, and they shall recover.” – Mark 16: 17-18

From the project "Faith and Its Price," © Lauren Pond, 2013.For Pentecostal Signs Followers, better known as “serpent-handlers,” these verses in the King James Bible are the word of God, and, as such, are to be taken literally. For more than a century, members of this uniquely Appalachian religious denomination have drunk poison and handled venomous snakes during their worship services, risking death as evidence of their connection to the Holy Spirit and their unwavering faith in God’s will. Though many mainstream Protestant congregations in the U.S. are shrinking, and the death of Pastor Mack Wolford from snakebite made international headlines last spring, the Signs Following religion continues to flourish in certain areas, particularly among young adults. Yet serpent-handling remains poorly understood, heavily ridiculed, and superficially reported. … read more

One Response to “Lauren Pond: Faith and Its Price”

  1. Fran Wolford says:

    It’s not that we necessarily that we put our faith God to heal as much as putting our faith in Him so that no matter what happens we believe that He is in control & whatever happens is His will.

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