Snake handling in the Dolly Pond Church of God with Signs Following
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 3:57 PM]
This was written in 1995 Rick Wadholm Jr but it was apparently not the case. In 2008 the following testimony was recorded “I have been to the Dolly Pond (TN area- just north of Chattanooga) where Serpent Handling originated under the ministry of George Hensley. I heard this from Bro. Perry Beattis who was converted under Bro. Hensleys ministry. They said, in the 20’s, George Hensley was not a popular Church of God preacher. He was against drinking, smoking, shewing and just about every vice those Tennessee hill folks loved. He preached holiness hard and uncompromisingly. One night, some good ol’ boys decided to run this preacher off. They bagged up some rattlesnakes and turned them loose in the church while Bro. Hensley was preaching. People began screaming and running out the door. When Bro. Hensley saw what was happening, he said God spoke these words to him- Behold, I give unto you power to tread on serpents and scorpions, and over all the power of the enemy: and nothing shall by any means hurt you. The Spirit of the Lord came upon the brother and he walked back, picked up the snakes and they all fell dead. When the hooligans saw Bro. Hensley standing there holding a hand full of dead snakes, the fear of God fell on them and they all ran to the altar. Later, that “act” of faith and obedience became a doctrine- a “standard” by which anothers persons spirituality is judged. It has since become nothing more than a side show- an empty ritual.http://www.apostolicfriendsforum.com/showthread.php?t=15374&page=4
Roger David [11/18/2015 3:58 PM]
I stopped handling snakes when I moved to Texas. Up in Canada I did it all the time. They got poisonous ones down here though. I ain’t stupid.
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 4:00 PM]
Then in 2013 the place was revisited obviously both the church building and its signs as well as the out house are still standing strong. http://hauntedeclipse.blogspot.com/2013/10/abandoned-church-of-serpent-handling.html
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 4:04 PM]
Also during the same 2013 the Grasshopper church connected with George Hensley’s ministry was visited
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 4:10 PM]
and here’s the actual directions Rick Wadholm Jr Timothy Carter Birchwood Church of God of Prophecy
Dolly Pond Rd, • Hamilton, TN • United States
(423)339-6700 • 12218 Dolly Pond Road in Birchwood, Phone (423) 961-2887
THIS SERVICE IS SUBJECT TO CHANGE IN THE MOVING OF THE HOLY SPIRIT!
Directions to Church
1: Start out going West on SGT PAUL HUFF PKWY NW. 1.0 miles
2: Turn RIGHT onto GEORGETOWN PIKE/TN-60/GEORGETOWN RD NW. Continue to follow TN-60. 7.8 miles
3: Turn LEFT onto TN-58. 2.5 miles
4: Turn RIGHT onto GRASSHOPPER RD. 2.0 miles
5: End at DOLLY POND RD BIRCHWOOD TN
6: Go until you see a church on the left. 1.5 miles
7: You are then at are church.
CAUTION! GOD WILL POUR OUT A BLESSING YOU WILL NOT ABLE TO CONTAIN OR HOLD! http://www.netministries.org/see/churches.exe/ch25224
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 5:52 PM]
yet another #DollyPond fine reference and footnote worth reading https://books.google.com/books?id=VJ3QYecYpjgC&pg=PA186&lpg=PA186&dq=dolly+pond+church+of+god+original+building&source=bl&ots=v2gbmyFijA&sig=B7j42016_UGUDnVgHz1yLB-bmes&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0CDkQ6AEwBmoVChMIk_y-8IWbyQIVCqMeCh1MiwKS#v=snippet&q=dolly%20pond%20&f=false
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 5:55 PM]
and yet another fine reference on #Episcopal Snake Handling http://www.saint-clements.com/page/episcopal_snake_handling
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 5:59 PM]
here’s another version of the story: “Hensley witnessed a 1910 serpent handling at an outside church service in Cleveland, Tennessee, and promptly went out into the nearby mountains, discovered a rattlesnake asleep in the sun, prayed for the power to handle the serpent, and then picked it up, all to no harm to Hensley.” http://christianchat.com/bible-discussion-forum/77371-appalachian-snake-handling-churches.html
John Kissinger [11/18/2015 6:02 PM]
Alan N Carla Smith [11/19/2015 10:17 AM]
handle ALL the snakes they want.
John Kissinger [11/19/2015 4:48 PM]
surprised Charles hasn’t shared a suitabel memory here yet Timothy
Glynn Brown [11/19/2015 7:11 PM]
All of this nonsense came from the kjv. The long ending of the gospel of Mark is a later corruption.
John Kissinger [11/22/2015 7:50 AM]
UPDATE: We’ve received a report from the local pastor and are fairly certain the original buildings are now gone. The picture depicted in the blog story are perhaps of en earlier time Rick Wadholm Jr Timothy Carter
John Kissinger [11/24/2015 8:02 PM]
In light of resent update, the trip planned for May, 2016 will be instead to TELLICO MOUNTAINS with your special guide Charles Page http://www.pentecostaltheology.com/aj-tomlinson-preaches-at-tellico-mountains-people-laugh-cry-and-fall-in-the-spirit-in-1907/