Lies Some Churches Tells Women

Women's Rights In Christianity


Liberation Under The New Covenant Of Jesus Christ

 

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"And Jesus came and spoke to them, saying, 'All authority has been given to Me in heaven and on earth.'"

~ Matthew 28:18




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            This Bible study will present the biblical evidence that the New Covenant instituted by Jesus Christ brought personal liberty to every man and woman believer in Jesus Christ.


      Under The New Covenant:


          1. All earthly religious "authority" vanished.

            Jesus commanded:

            "...do NOT be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.  Do NOT call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father,  He who is in heaven.  Do NOT be called leaders;  for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.   But the greatest among you shall be your servant.   Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."


      Matthew 23:8-12


           2.  All distinctions based upon genetics or gender or station in life, vanished.


           "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for ALL of you are ONE in Christ Jesus."    Galatians 3:28


            3.  All earthly right to establish hierarchical religious "authority" to punish those who sin, vanished.


              Neither Jesus nor His apostles set-up directives or procedures to be initiated by an individual member or a select group of members whereby a sinning Christian could be ejected from a local congregation (or be forced to endure a punishment for sinning).


              Under the New Covenant, when public sin was being acted out by a fellow-Christian, Paul responded to the situation by telling church members that each member should refuse to associate with the person (until repentance had taken place and the sin stopped)     See 1 Corinthians 5:9-13


              Paul's response to public-sin was supportive of Christ's teaching that preserved the individual liberty of each Christian, disallowed the installation of religious "authority" (Gk-"authenteo") into the Christian community, and maintained the commandment of Christ that there were to be no "leaders" or "masters" under the New Covenant.


              The only earthly "authority" Christ instituted under the New Covenant is the "moral authority" of Christian conscience.


           Another way of looking at "moral authority" for the Christian, is, if a thing is right (moral),   it is authoritative for the individual believer to make a personal response to any situation or moral request within his/her liberty that meets the requirements of his/her abilities and Christian conscience.








             Jesus Christ proclaimed
        The Arrival of The New Covenant:


              "Likewise also the cup after supper, saying, 'This cup is the new covenant in my blood, which is shed for you.'"
        Luke 22:20


              Jesus taught that the "authority" under the New Covenant was that which is true:


             "... if you continue in my word, then you are my disciples indeed;  And you shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free... If the Son therefore shall make you free, you shall be free indeed."

          John 8:31-32


        Freedom of Conscience
        Under The New Covenant




            "And that because of false brethren unawares brought in, who came in privily to spy out our liberty  which we have in Christ Jesus,  that they might bring us into bondage:  To whom we gave place by subjection, no, not for an hour;  that the truth of the gospel might continue with you." ~ Galatians 2:4-5



            
              "But now, after that you have known God, or rather are known of God, how turn you again to the weak and beggarly elements, whereunto you desire again to be in bondage?   You observe days, and months, and times, and years.   I am afraid for you, lest I have bestowed upon you labour in vain."    Galatians 4:9-11



              "Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who are you that judgest another manís servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth.  Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.  One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man [person] be fully persuaded in his own mind."    Romans 14:3-5


              Those who work to get things done in the Christian community "rule" by their moral example.  Christians voluntarily submit to their moral authority (i.e., only when the requests are moral ones) so that the Christian community may provide support and comfort to those who need it.








              The New Covenant established no positions of arbitrary "religious authority" among believers.  In Bible terms, the Body of Christ is made up of those who believe that Jesus is the promised Messiah. 


           These believers are defined - the "called-out" ~ The Greek word rendered "church" is "ekklesia" meaning, "a calling out."


              Every Bible example regarding serving others under the New Covenant, such as, elder or deacon brought no special religious "authority" over other church members to that person functioning within that specific area of service within the local Christian community.



              During Peter's time on earth he reminded those serving the Christian community (I Peter 5:3)  to "not Lord it over" other Christians merely because they were acting out a specific service to the Christian community.



             It was a familiar moral.  Peter and the other disciples had been taught by Jesus that the New Covenant would not set-up any religious authority structures over those in the Christian community except the moral authority of Jesus Christ:


              "But Jesus called them unto Him, and said, Ye know that the rulers of the Gentiles LORD IT OVER them -- and their great ones exercise AUTHORITY over them.  Not so shall it be among you...

            Matthew 20:25-26a.



        Jesus could not have spoken more clearly






        CHRISTIANS ARE A FREE PEOPLE UNDER THE MORALITY OF THE BIBLICAL GOD!



              "But he who is spiritual appraises all things, yet he himself is appraised by no one.   For who has the mind of the Lord, that he will instruct Him?   But we have the mind of Christ."   1 Corinthians 2:15-16



           What Does A Careful Examination of The New Covenant of Christ Show Us About Truth Among Christians Today?


              It exposes the historical wandering away from the teachings of Christ by many Christians.


              It provides the first century evidence that many false ideas regarding Christianity have become enthroned in many Christian groups as Christian "commandments."


             Such As:

        1.  All women are in subjection to all men.

        2.  A divorced man may not serve any level of service in the Christian community.

        3.  A wife is "under" the "authority" of her husband.

        4.  A man is not free to make the decision to sit and learn under a Christian woman.

        5.  That it is a sin to allow a woman to be an elder or deacon.

        6.  Christians are not free to design their local Christian community structure except in exact replication of the examples chosen by Paul (in spite of that not being possible today).

        7.  It is a sin for Christians to drink alcoholic beverages.

        8.  Women are allowed by God to teach only children or another woman/women.

        9. It is immoral for women to preach to men (i.e., to speak out in public gatherings)

        10.  There is no moral right to divorce for Christians.

        11.  God's love is unconditional









        None of the ideas above are teachings within the New Covenant of Jesus Christ



              Let's Look At Why None Of These Ideas Can Be Supported By The Teachings of Jesus Christ:


        Error 1.   All women are in subjection to all men.


           This error is proven a false teaching by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5.


            "Let not him that eateth despise him that eateth not; and let not him which eateth not judge him that eateth: for God hath received him. Who are you that judgest another manís servant? To his own master he standeth or falleth.  Yea, he shall be holden up: for God is able to make him stand.  One man esteems one day above another: another esteems every day alike. Let every man be fully persuaded in his own mind."   Romans 14:3-5


           "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for ALL of you are ONE in Christ Jesus."    Galatians 3:28


        Jesus commanded:

       "...do NOT be called Rabbi; for ONE is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.  Do NOT call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father,  He who is in heaven.  Do NOT be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.   But the greatest among you shall be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled;  and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."    Matthew 23:8-12




        Error 2.  A divorced man may not serve any level of service in the Christian community.


            This idea was never taught by Paul or Jesus (there was/is a right to divorce as taught by both Jesus and Paul, thus, being divorced could not have been seen by Paul as disqualifying any Christian to serve the Christian community).


            Paul's teaching that a man desiring to serve as an elder in the Christian community must be the husband of one woman must be seen within its historical setting as disallowing plural wives (a situation that was still taking place in the first century among the Jews).


            Further, It is not a teaching that supports the idea that Paul did not allow women (because of their gender) to serve as elders.  That idea is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5.   


         The only basis for a Christian woman to not serve as an elder within Paul's Christian community structure were that they were not qualified (which is the same disqualification for males).


            Within Paul's preferred formation of Christian "community,"  elders were the servants of the local church who knew enough about doctrine to be its protectors and debaters, thus, those who served in this position, male or female, were to be able to fulfil its service requirements.



        Error 3.  A wife is "under" the "authority" of her husband.


             This error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5. 


            The New Covenant teaching regarding the marriage relationship, is that a husband and wife provide equally submissive responses to each other.


           The husband is called to love his wife as Christ loved the church and gave Himself for her (Ephesians 5).   This act of personal service for us by Christ, was the greatest act of submissive service the world has ever encountered.   In the marriage relationship, the wife is called to respect her husband (a choice of loving behavior that serves his needs as well).


            There has never been instituted by Jesus Christ or any apostle, a single-sided domineering "authority" within the Christian community for any Christian woman (meaning that being "subject to" is not a one-sided response within any relationship).



        Error 4.  The false idea that a women is not allowed by God to teach a man/men within a Christian organization/group (some Christians have claimed that because of her gender a woman cannot morally teach any male, anywhere).


            This error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5. 


            It is also denied by the historical presentation within the letters of Paul that women preached in public meetings (I Corinthians 15), women taught men (Acts 18:24-26) and they served as deacons in local congregations within Paul's choice of Christian community structure. - See Romans 16:1-2 below.


            "I commend unto you Phoebe our sister, who is a servant (Greek: diakonos) of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also." - Romans 16:1-2 KJV



         Error 5.  A man is not free to make the decision to sit and learn under a Christian woman.


           Christians are free to make their own personal choices who they learn from in the Body of Christ.  This error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5. 


        Error 6. It is a sin to allow a woman to service as an elder or deacon.


          This error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5.


            It is also denied by the historical presentation within the letters of Paul that women preached in public meetings (I Corinthians 15), women taught men (Acts 18:24-26) and they served as deacons in local congregations within Paul's choice of Christian community structure (see Romans 16:1-2 below).


            Nothing in the ensuing discussion by Paul in his letters regarding this freedom of Christian women changes the facts that Paul accepted a woman's right to preach and pray in a public gathering of Christians.


            Women served the local Christian community as deacons:   "I commend unto you Phoebe our sister, which is a servant (Greek: diakonos) of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also." (Romans 16:1-2 KJV)



         Error 7.  Christians are not free to design their local Christian community structure except in exact replication of the examples chosen by Paul.


            This error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5.


            It is NOT possible to form a local Christian community in the manner they were formed in the First century.


            Jesus Christ did not teach such an idea.  His apostles did not teach this idea.  There were no "church" buildings ordered to be built by either Jesus Christ or any apostle.


            First Century Christians understood that they were members of a spiritual family, not an earthly institution with an inflexible construct.


         "Jesus answered, '"My kingdom is not of this world...'"  John 18:36






            The Christian documents are written histories of how the early Christians were taught about/by Christ and presents their responses to various situations taking place at that time.


            An "example" choice by Christians in the first century regarding how they created and maintained Christian "community" is not a commandment for every generation of Christians to act out.







      The Proof In Paul's Choices


           Paul provided the evidence of the personal liberty among Christians by disregarding the first apostles initial choice of how to form and sustain Christian "community" in a mostly pagan culture (Acts 2:44-47).


            Paul rejected the earlier concept of the first apostles when forming and sustaining Christian "community."


            He established his preferred Christian community structure within a concept that Christians should retain private finances as individual property along with finding elders, who were to serve as the defenders of doctrine for the local community.  Deacons were to be those servants who would implement the supportive services for the rest of the local Christian community.


            The Bible supports the historical truth, that Christians of every generation have been free to form any type of Christian community structure that they prefer to work within as long as the liberty of the individual Christian is respected. 


            This required respect for the liberty of fellow-Christians is taught in Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5


            How Christians form their local congregations is a free choice of those who work to establish a Christian presence within any area of the world.



      Error 8.  It is a sin for Christians to drink alcoholic beverages.


              This present teaching error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5.  The Bible teaches that drunkenness is a sin (self-control is a foundational morality within the Body of Christ).



         Error 9.  Women are allowed by God to teach only children or another woman/women.


            This error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5.


            It is also denied by the same Bible teachings presented in Items 3, 4 and 6 above.



          Error 10.  It is immoral for women to preach to men (i.e., to speak out in public gatherings)



            This error is denied by Matthew 23:8-12, Galatians 3:28 and Romans 14:3-5.


            It is also denied by the historical presentation within the letters of Paul that women preached in public meetings (I Corinthians 15), women taught men (Acts 18:24-26) and they served as deacons in local congregations within Paul's choice of Christian community structure (see Romans 16:1-2 below).



            Nothing in the ensuing discussion that took place by Paul in his letters regarding the freedom of Christian women changes the facts that Paul accepted a woman's right to preach and pray in public meetings of Christians.



            Women served the local Christian community as deacons:   "I commend unto you Phoebe our sister, which is a servant (Greek: diakonos) of the church which is at Cenchrea: That ye receive her in the Lord, as becometh saints, and that ye assist her in whatsoever business she hath need of you: for she hath been a succourer of many, and of myself also." (Romans 16:1-2 KJV)



          Error 11.   There is no moral right to divorce for Christians.


            This error is denied by both Jesus and Paul, who taught a right to divorce for "just-cause."    Matthew 19:9 "And I say to you, whoever divorces his wife, except for immorality, and marries another woman commits adultery."


            An online examination of this Bible teaching can be found here:






         Error 12.  God's Love is Unconditional


             The Biblical God is a moral God.  This idea is not in the Bible.  An online Bible study regarding this recent myth, can be found here:


      http://examiningideas.1hwy.com/index.html










      False Assumptions = Error



            The idea that there is a right to remove a Bible subject from its historical (and the "subject") context the writer placed it within, when teaching about the Bible is a foundational error that has caused much confusion about Bible subjects. 


            There is no moral authority for anyone to remove a Bible subject from its historical setting and subject context the writer placed it within.



            There is no moral authority given anyone to redefine the "example" choices made by Paul regarding the formation of the first century Christian community, as a commandment or required "pattern" for every generation to implement.


            The Bible does not teach that an "example choice" (regarding how to serve each other within a local Christian community setting) of one generation of believers is a "commandment" that must be implemented by every generation after the first.



            Christ gave personal liberty to His followers, not a moral law of narrow conformity to choices made by the first century Christians that would imprison every generation after them within Paul's choices for how Christian community would function.



            Paul provided the evidence of such personal liberty by disregarding the first apostles initial choice for how Christians were to form a Christian community (Acts 2:44-47).



             He choose not to use it as a pattern for new congregations.



            Paul rejected the apostles earlier "all-things-in-common" concept of Christian community formation. 


            Paul established his preferred Christian community structure within a concept that Christians should retain private finances as individual property.


            Christians who were familiar with the Hebrew Bible and the teachings of Jesus Christ would serve as elders (serving as the public defenders/debaters of doctrine for the local community), within another area of service would be deacons, who would implement the supportive services for the rest of the Christian community.


            There is no moral authority for anyone to insist that what "appears" (to some Bible readers) a contradiction in Christian teachings to then arbitrarily define the most restrictive view of the subject as that which is the determinative teaching.


            Many of the Christian documents are letters, not books on Christian theology.  These letters hold the responses of Paul to some local concern within a specific congregation. 


            This historical reality can present an initial quandary (to some) on how to deal with what appears to be contradictory teachings of Paul.



      Spending Time With Paul Regarding Women
      The Timothy Letter




            Paul wouldn't contradict himself - the logic behind his response in the Timothy context supports the situation as being one in which the husband had the "moral authority" to ask his wife not to teach at that time.

            Because Paul was supporting his request, Paul provided the evidence that in this specific situation she was teaching over her husband's "moral authority" - in other words, she had made a decision that was not based on the moral realities of her many obligations.


            The subject of this context is "moral authority."  This husband was morally right and this fact was not being respected by his wife.


            Paul does not contradict himself.  He did not support the right of women to speak out and teach in their assemblies (or outside of them) in one letter and then write in another letter it was forbidden.


            He was not teaching in the Timothy letter that no women had a moral right to teach a man or men or "males."


            Jesus had forbidden discrimination based on gender (the only basis for moral discrimination is human behavior).


            Paul was not writing that no woman could speak or teach in the Christian community when men were in the audience.  He was not supporting the idea that based on gender alone, a Christian cannot teach in/to or among the Christian community.


            He was responding to a combative situation between at least one husband and his wife.  These types of misunderstandings about human rights in the church reveal the importance of the Bible passage that reminds its reader to rightly divide the Word of Truth.


            The Greek word "authenteo" (chosen by Paul in his reply) cleared up this question taking place in this local Christian community regarding a wife teaching over her husband's request that she not take on that time-consuming service at that time.


            The word, "authenteo" provided the answer (to them) regarding how wives were to make the decision (i.e., on what moral basis they were to make the decision) to teach in the Christian community.


            Paul was not inconsistent in his teaching.   He was not teaching that wives could not teach their husbands or men who were not their husbands.


            He was teaching the same thing he had always taught.  Christians - male or female - are not to become a law unto themselves.


            When Paul referred back to Adam and Eve in this letter to this local congregation (regarding this disruptive situation that was taking place among them), he was not claiming that only Eve had sinned in the Garden.


            Paul keeps all his teachings within the proper context:


            For those who have asked this question - Why then did Paul write in I Timothy:


            "For Adam was formed first, then Eve.  And Adam was not deceived, but the woman being deceived, fell into transgression  Nevertheless she will be saved in childbearing if they continue in faith, love, and holiness, with self-control.  1 Timothy 2:13-15



            Salvation And Babies:  Paul is not teaching that women are saved differently than men are saved.


            He is not teaching that women must have babies to be saved.  He is teaching within the context of his focus that when you have children, you are responsible for their care and in doing your situational responsibility, you will be preserved by that moral choice and be saved.


            Paul was also not claiming that a woman who cannot biologically give birth is lost.  Jesus Christ saves both men and women in exactly the same way.



            Thus, this passage is not teaching that women must have babies to be saved.  This passage is not teaching that women have no human rights because Eve sinned in the Garden (it is also not denying that Adam sinned also when they both fell into transgression in the Garden).

            Romans 5:12 " Therefore, just as through one MAN sin entered into the world, and death through sin, and so death spread to all men, because all sinned-- "


            Adamís sin was not the same type of sin as Eveís sin.  His sin was in keeping silent when he knew better.  He stood silently by while Satan was deceiving his wife.  He did not remind her what God had told them about the tree in the middle of the Garden.  He didn't warn her.  He kept his mouth shut!


            Eve was deceived.


            Adam sinned deliberately.


             Both Adam and Eve sinned in the situation of their temptation.


            Paul wasn't required to debate all things related to the moral fall of Adam and Eve in the Timothy letter.  His context was the husband and wife relationship, thus, he kept within the context he was speaking into at that time to make his moral point.


            In this context of his focus, Paul referred back to the time of Adam and Eveís moral failure before God, and in referring to that historical moment, Paul reminded them that God had given Adam the care and protection of his wife and children as part of God's judgment on his sin (they had lost the safety of the Paradise God had placed them within and would now be living within a morally-fallen - evil - world)


            In presenting his viewpoint, Paul reminded them, that Eve was required to respect her husband's duty before God (see Genesis 3:16).


            Consistently then, the wife who was teaching over her husbandís moral authority was being reminded by Paul of her duty to submit to her husbandís viewpoint -- because he was right -- thus, he had the moral authority to ask her not to teach at that point in her life.


           In another time and another situation he might not have had that moral authority, but because Paul was backing the husband in this situation, the Bible reader can know the husband was morally correct in his request (in this specific situation).



            There is no other way this passage can be rationally and contextually understood within a consistent Biblical examination.  Women did teach in the local Christian community with Paul's full support (and outside of it).  They taught men.



            Furthermore, Paul was not speaking to unmarried women.  The Bible reader can know that the situation Paul was speaking into was a combative situation taking place between a husband and his wife because of his examination of Adam and Eve's moral-fall and childbirth reference.


            Single women didnít give birth to children in the Christian community (thus, Paul was not referring to single women who were teaching among them in this context).



            Today, as during the first century, the definition of "authenteo" can provide the Bible student clarification regarding what had been taking place that had caused this group of Christians to contact Paul for determinative help regarding this issue.



            The Greek word, "authentio" that Paul presented to them comes from, "...autos, 'self,' and a lost noun hentes, probably signifying working (Eng, 'authentic')  'to exercise authority on one's own account, to domineer over...'" [See Greek Lexicon].



            The definition of the word "authenteo" is indicative of a person who dismisses all rights of others and who chooses to act on his/her own.



            No Christian under the New Covenant had (has) a moral right to live only unto him/herself.   Yes, Christians had been freed from all earthly religious authority, but they were not free to dismiss the rights of others.



            In other words, Paul was telling them, that they had not been liberated from the morality of Jesus Christ.



            Because of Paul's consistency in teaching the morality of Christ, he is consistent in this reply to them that no wife had a moral right to make decisions with utter disregard for her husband's correct moral viewpoint.



            Passages such as, Eph 5 provide this consistent view on how to make moral choices within the Christian community.  


          Eph 5 ".....always giving thanks for all things in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ to God, even the Father; and be subject to ONE ANOTHER in the fear of Christ.



            In the Corinthian letters, Paul supports a woman's right to preach and pray in public meetings.  The congregations he worked among had women serving as deacons and Paul urges one congregation that Phoebe (a deacon in the church) should be helped in all that she requests.



            The author of Acts writes of the learned evangelical Christian woman, Priscilla, who, along with her husband, teaches a man, "...mighty in the scriptures..," more fully in the truth.  Acts 18:24-26



            Further, Paul describes Priscilla and her husband, Aquila, as "...co-labourers in Christ Jesus..." with Paul, himself - using the greek word, sunergos - 'co-labourer'- to describe his missionary partnership with them.   This couple had risked their own lives to save his.  Romans 16:3-4



            The Greek word, "sunergos" is the same word, Paul uses when speaking about Titus in 2 Corinthians 8:23.   "As for Titus, he is my partner and fellow-worker ('sunergos')...."



            Some Christians have attempted to mis-use this passage to imprison Christian women in a thundering silence in the church (and often outside of it).



            That this idea is foreign to the meaning of the New Covenant, the historical evangelical activity of Christian women in the first century and stands in opposition to the teachings of Christ and Paul's understanding of New Covenant liberty,  (...along with every passage that supports that there are no earthly "authorities" in the Body of Christ), brings into question the singular motive of those who would throw out the rights of personal freedom of any Christian and enthrone this false idea as the "determinative" rule in the public church.



            When a Bible passage cannot be understood by a Bible reader within a consistent moral framework of Christ's teachings because of an apparent conflict (for some) in a specific contextual explanation of the subject/issue being examined, there is no moral basis to enthrone as "determinative" the passage with the more restrictive requirements on human liberty.



          Jesus commanded:

           "...do NOT be called Rabbi; for One is your Teacher, and you are all brothers.  Do NOT call anyone on earth your father; for One is your Father,  He who is in heaven.  Do NOT be called leaders; for One is your Leader, that is, Christ.   But the greatest among you shall be your servant.  Whoever exalts himself shall be humbled; and whoever humbles himself shall be exalted."

            Matthew 23:8-12



           "There is no longer Jew or Greek, there is no longer slave or free, there is no longer male and female; for ALL of you are ONE in Christ Jesus."   ~ Galatians 3:28



        "But Jesus called them unto him, and said,

         'You know that the rulers of the Gentiles LORD it over them, and their great ones exercise authority OVER them.  NOT SO SHALL IT BE AMONG YOU:  but whosoever would become great among you shall be your minister; and whosoever would be first among you shall be your servant: even as the Son of man came not to be ministered unto, but to minister, and to give his life a ransom for many.'"

      Matthew 20:25-26







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