This year's Easter service at the Tabernacle Church of God in La Follette, Tenn., will include many of the holiday's traditional rituals, like Holy Communion and footwashing. There will also be some startling novelties.
"It will be filled with shouting, dancing, speaking in tongues, serpent handling and fire handling," said its 21-year-old pastor, Andrew Hamblin. "We'll celebrate the resurrection of Jesus Christ with a good old time."
Since he opened its doors last fall, Mr. Hamblin's small Pentecostal church, 39 miles north of Knoxville, has grown to almost 50 members, most of them in their 20s. Part of his strategy for expansion has been to use Facebook to publicize the daredevil spiritual exploits of his congregation....
Every group has their crazies and extremes, throwing out the baby with the bath water is not wise. Anyone can take the fringe to destroy the credibility of the whole but that is not a just weight or measure.
If you want to see twisting and/or misunderstanding of Scripture, you need to go no further than [URL=http://articles.ochristian.com/article2191.shtml]]]A Look at the Pentecostal/Charismatic Movement - Is it Biblical?[/URL]
Mark 16 17 "And these signs will accompany those who have believed: in My name they will cast out demons, they will speak with new tongues; 18 they will pick up serpents, and if they drink any deadly poison, it shall not hurt them; they will lay hands on the sick, and they will recover."---[URL=http://www.lockman.org/nasb/nasbcmp.php]]]NASB[/URL]
Barnes Commentary wrote: Them that believe. The apostles and those in the primitive age who were endowed with like power. The promise is fulfilled if it can be shown that these signs followed in the case of any who believed, and it is not necessary now.
The New Georgia Encyclopedia wrote: Approximately eighty people are known to have died in the twentieth century after being bitten while handling snakes. Deaths include those of three members of the churches in Kingston and Cartersville between 1978 and 1990.