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An elementary school in upstate New York removed "Jingle Bells" from its roster of Christmas songs all over the holiday tune's supposedly "questionable past."
The backlash was swift, with critics calling the decision as "liberalism run amok" and "cancel culture at its finest," according to WHAM-TV. An informal Twitter poll by the outlet showed 95% of respondents disagreed with the move.
Matt Tappon, principal of Council Rock Primary School in Brighton, New York, told the Rochester Beacon he decided to scrub "Jingle Bells" from the school's repertoire and instead replace it with a song that doesn't have the "potential to be controversial or offensive."
Amy Schneider—a biological male who identifies as female—has usurped a biological female to become the "woman with the highest overall earnings" in the history of Jeopardy!
Larissa Kelly, the biological female who previously held the title, congratulated Schneider on the accomplishment.
Well, it was fun to hold a Jeopardy record for a few years...but it's been even more fun to watch @Jeopardamy set new standards for excellence, on the show and off. Congratulations to Amy on becoming the woman with the highest overall earnings in the show's history!— Larissa Kelly (@Larissa_K_Kelly) December 24, 2021
Editor's Note: This story has been updated with a statement from VOE/Perry Stone Ministries. For further updates, see "Perry Stone Speaks Out About Secular Media: 'Information Can Be Twisted by the God of This World" and "VOE Board Clarifies Newspaper Reports on Perry Stone."
In April of 2020, televangelist Perry Stone of Voice of Evangelism in Cleveland, Tennessee, was placed on a forced leave of absence due to allegations of misconduct and deviation from "the biblical standards set in place for VOE leadership," as reported by Charisma News. Now, additional allegations of misconduct, including a report that the FBI is investigating his ministry, have surfaced against Stone through a Dec. 25 report in the Chattanooga Times Free Press—but VOE says the reports contain nothing new.
Charisma News reached out to VOE, which released the following statement:
Perry Stone Ministries continues to focus on spreading the Good News of Jesus Christ. The recent news article against the ministry bears no new information or allegations. We ask that friends and supporters operate by Scripture in Luke 6:43-45, "For every tree is known by the fruit it bears." Recently doors opened for thousands to receive Christ through the lens of a camera. The ministry is experiencing record-setting growth and outreach internationally. Thank you for your prayers and agreement with us for God's continued blessing.
In 2004, while appearing on Kenneth Copeland's Believer's Voice of Victory Program, evangelist Oral Roberts says he heard God's voice very clearly say His church has been infected with the spirit of weakness.
Some 17 years later, it appears things have worsened. Much of the church has conformed to the ideals of the world around it, and that, Roberts says, should serve as a wakeup call to the body of Christ.
"I asked God what was the condition of the church and what effect should this revelation He is bringing as a wakeup call would have on his church," said Roberts, who died in 2009. "I'll never forget what He said, and I say it very carefully without trying to offend anyone."
"We must admit that these things that we hold dear are things that You have always been: righteousness, freedom, liberty, love, kindness, forgiveness, love, grace, mercy, salvation," Pastor Jack Hibbs says to the Lord as part of his opening prayer before he speaks at AmericaFest2021, a Phoenix, Arizona, event sponsored by Charlie Kirk's Turning Point USA.
"Every time we see a reawakening, it's the returning to the Word of God," he explains, addressing the crowd, some of whom admittedly are not Christ-followers.
Hibbs also adds a word of warning for those pastors who have bought into the leftist lies of today's culture: "Woke pastors either need to change their biblical worldview or go look for another job. You either need to stand up or get out.
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