A Tennessee preacher known for handling poisonous snakes may have to find a new way to test his faith – wildlife officers seized 50 venomous snakes from the "snake salvation" minister.
"In my name they shall cast out devils, they shall speak with new tongues, they shall take up serpents," Pastor Andrew Hamblin said as he read from his Bible.
Hamblin of the Tabernacle Church of God of Campbell County, TN, takes the Bible literally, using serpents during his services.
On Thursday, the Tennessee Wildlife Resources Agency came and confiscated all 50 of his snakes.
"They say, ‘you know why we're here?" and I said, ‘Sure do,'" Hamblin said. "They were asking me where I kept the snakes at."
Hamblin says he knew this day would come. In Tennessee, it is illegal to possess poisonous snakes, but he says the law is trampling on his religious freedom.
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