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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#1 Apr 27, 2009
The Surrender and Betrayal of the Church
The Unholy Union of the Church with the State thru Incorporation and Tax Exemption
by Sam Adams
A great and treacherous apostasy has taken place in the churches of America to which most
Christians are totally oblivious, but which almost every church in America has fallen prey to. Though
the New Testament Church has been called out to be the faithful bride of her one and only husband, the
Lord Jesus Christ, she has betrayed her espoused head. The Apostle Paul said to the church at Corinth,
“For I am jealous over you with a godly jealousy; for I have espoused you to one husband, that I
may present you as a chaste virgin to Christ. But I fear, lest by any means, as the serpent beguiled
Eve through his subtilty, so your minds should be corrupted from the simplicity that is in Christ”(2
Cor. 11:2-3). But sadly, just as Old Testament Israel was unfaithful to her husband and went
“whoring” after other gods, so has the Church in America corrupted herself, and as the Apostle feared,
has indeed been beguiled by the Serpent as was Eve. Like the church at Ephesus she has left her first
love, and has joined herself in an adulterous affair with another head, the civil government, otherwise
known as the state, and has thereby been neutralized from being the “salt” of our society (Matt. 5:13).
This betrayal has taken place by:(1) re-organizing the churches into fictitious corporations which by
law are created by and therefore controlled by the state, and by:(2) entering into a traitorous contract
with the government to limit their message and influence in society in exchange for tax exemption.
Though the Bible clearly teaches that Christ is to be "head over all things to the church" (Eph. 1:22),
the churches have taken the idolatrous position that the Lord Jesus must share his lordship over his
Church with the state; and they are furthermore, except for a few brave souls, refusing to see how great
and abominable this sin is, and are refusing to repent and correct their error. In this exposé the
following facts will be conclusively shown:

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#2 Apr 27, 2009
1. Incorporated “churches” are not and cannot be true New Testament churches, in that:
• Corporations are created by the state, not by the Lord Jesus;
• Their head and master by law is the state, not the Lord Jesus;
• The Bible cannot be the sole authority for faith and practice in their organization, since their
supreme written authority by law is their corporate charter and statute law, not the Bible;
• Their pastors do not have Biblical authority (per Heb. 13:7, 17; etc.) over their flocks but are mere
hirelings (John 10:12) under authority of the corporate trustees, and:
2. Tax Exemption for “not-for-profit” organizations (for corporations, trusts and unincorporated
associations) under Internal Revenue Code sec. 501(c)3 is a trap used by the government to control
the churches and silence the preachers of America from influencing our government and society, and
from crying out against wicked government policies, politics and politicians. For the churches to enter
into such a treacherous contract with the state constitutes a grievous, abominable SIN. In fact, for all
practical purposes it is a sin very similar to taking the "mark of the beast" (Rev. 13) upon the Church,
in betraying the Lordship of Christ by bowing to the supremacy of the state.
The civil government has always, from the first century onward, attempted to control and
subjugate the Church of the Lord Jesus Christ. The Jewish Sanhedrin asked Peter of his authority
to preach and heal in Acts 4:7,“By what power, or by what name [(i.e., By whose authority)], have ye
done this?” This was essentially the same question they had asked the Lord Jesus in Matt 21:23:“By
what authority doest thou these things? and who gave thee this authority?” They wanted the disciples
to ask them for their permission or authority to preach. They may have let them preach about Jesus,
but only under their authority. It has been the same down through the ages, through the days of
intense and bloody persecution of the true church by the Roman Caesars and then for many centuries
by the Roman Papacy, after the apostate church entered into an unholy marriage compact with Roman
emperor Constantine in the fourth century. The issue has always been who would control the Church;
civil/ecclesiastical government, or the Lord Jesus.

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#3 Apr 27, 2009
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One of the primary reasons God had so blessed America is that under our Constitutional system
and Bill of Rights, the Church could for the first time in history function unhindered by the state.
Before that time, even in America, most of the 13 colonies had their own state churches, which often
persecuted those of dissenting denominations. Patrick Henry’s timeless quote,“I know not what course
other men may take, but as for me, give me liberty or give me death” was inspired when he witnessed
a man being publicly flogged in Culpepper, Virginia, in March of 1775. The man was of one of twelve
Baptist preachers jailed for preaching without a license from the state (Episcopal) church. In 1789
there were many delegates to the Constitutional Convention who were still of the belief that the nation
must select and support a state church. It was primarily at the insistence of the Baptists of Rhode
Island, assisted by Madison and Jefferson of Virginia, that the First Amendment was adopted
guaranteeing that no particular denominational sect would be sanctioned by the government. During
Madison’s presidency the Episcopal Church sought incorporation through Congress. Madison vetoed
the legislation, saying that if the government incorporated the Episcopal Church it would have created
a state church. For over a hundred years after the adoption of the Bill of Rights, the Church stood
rightly as the “watchdog” over the government, holding government accountable to the Word of God
(Ps. 149:5-9). Legislation in Christian America back then had to pass the “pulpit test”; if it wouldn’t
preach well from the pulpits it would surely not pass in the legislature. Sadly, those days are now long
gone and the Church has been effectively silenced. It has become incorporated, and it has, to its shame,
become a state church.

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#4 Apr 27, 2009
A CORPORATION CANNOT BE A CHURCH
A true New Testament church cannot organize as a corporation, because a corporation cannot be
a true New Testament church. What exactly is a corporation? Black’s Law Dictionary (6th. Ed.)
defines a corporation as “an artificial person or legal entity created by or under the authority of the
laws of a state. An association of persons created by statute as a legal entity.” By law, corporations
are created by the state and are therefore by law under the state’s jurisdiction and control. To affirm
this point, in the landmark case of Hale v. Hinkle, 201 U.S. 43 (1906), the U.S. Supreme Court made
the following very revealing declaration:
“A corporation is a creature of the state. It is presumed to be incorporated for the benefit of the
public. It receives certain special privileges and franchises and holds them subject to the laws of
the state and the limitations of its charter. Its powers are limited by law. It can make no
contract not authorized by its charter. Its right to act as a corporation are only preserved to it
so long as it obeys the laws of its creation. There is a reserved right in the legislature to
investigate its contracts and ascertain if it has exceeded its power.”(emphasis added)
It should be obvious to every thinking Christian that every statement in the above legal definition
of a corporation is diametrically opposed to the Biblical definition of the Church and to the lordship of
Christ over His church. Consider these statements one by one:“A corporation is a creature of the
state...” Our copyright and patent laws are based on the legal maxim that the creator always has
ownership and control over his creation. By law whatever the state creates, the state controls. A New
Testament church cannot be a creature of the state; Jesus founded the church and said He would build
His church.“...It is presumed to be incorporated for the benefit of the public...” The Church exists
for the benefit of its members (1 Cor. 12) and its head, the Lord Jesus Christ, NOT the public. Jesus
promised us that the world (the public) would HATE the Church (John 15:18-19). Corporate churches
must by law exist for the benefit of the public, which is exactly why the IRS says they cannot publicly
preach any “propaganda” contrary to established public policy.“...It receives certain special privileges
and franchises...”(the Church exists and functions as a matter of right, not of privilege; by order of
the Lord Jesus’ commission in Matthew 28:18-20, not by permission from the government)“and holds

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#5 Apr 27, 2009
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them subject to the laws of the state and the limitations of its charter [(not the Bible)]. Its powers are
limited by law [(not the Bible)]. It can make no contract not authorized by its charter [(not the
Bible)]. Its right to act as a corporation are only preserved to it so long as it obeys the laws of its
creation.” By law the first and final authority for the corporation is the corporation’s charter
(corporate constitution and by-laws) and corporate statute law, not the Bible.“There is a reserved
right in the legislature to investigate its contracts and ascertain if it has exceeded its power.”
Regarding this right, the court also said:“the right of visitation [by government] is for the purpose of
control and to see that the corporation keeps within the limits of it powers.” A corporate church has
no privacy in its membership, financial or other business records, which may be ordered at any time to
be open to public scrutiny and control. Incorporated churches are therefore informants for the
government regarding the finances and contributions of its members. Corporate churches are required
to conduct regular business meetings and maintain minutes from those meetings, also open to public
scrutiny. Also, by corporate law, all property owned by the corporation is held in trust by the trustees
for the beneficiary of the trust, which is the state; i.e., the property is ultimately owned by the state.
Under corporate law, Biblical church government is turned on its head as the trustees run the
corporation on behalf of the State, and are over the pastor in authority. The church is converted to a
business, the pastor is reduced to a CEO of the business and is now a mere a hireling (John 10:12).
Consider the glaring contrast between the above quote from the Hale v. Hinkle ruling and the 1st
Amendment to the Constitution:“Congress shall make no law respecting the establishment of
religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” That means Congress can neither protect nor
restrict the Church’s activities. Congress has no jurisdiction to make any law which applies to the
Church. Conversely, as stated in Hale v. Hinkle, corporations cannot exist or function apart from
statute law! When a church incorporates, it is then seen in the eyes of the law (by the courts) as a
corporation, not a church. As such, incorporated churches are not protected under the First
Amendment to the Constitution, but are entities over which the courts and the legislature may take
jurisdiction and command to perform according to their orders. That is how the courts can hand down
decisions against incorporated churches that seem to violate the First Amendment, when actually the
First Amendment does not even apply! Incorporated “churches” have no 1st Amendment rights;
they have willingly given up First Amendment protection in exchange for corporate privileges and
government subsidies, just as Jacob’s older brother Esau traded his birthright for a mess of pottage.
Beyond this, however, and by far the most critical issue, is that the head of every incorporated
“church” is the State, not the Lord Jesus.

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#6 Apr 27, 2009
TAX EXEMPTION vs. TAX IMMUNITY
As if incorporation itself wasn’t bad enough, the incorporated “church” then goes to the state to
humbly beg for tax exemption as a “Non-Profit Charitable Organization”(see Jer. 2:11,“but my
people have changed their glory for that which doth not profit”). The true Church, protected under the
1st Amendment, is actually non-taxable; it is immune from taxation and needs no exemption, which
is only a privileged exception extended to taxable entities at the government’s expense. As such, the
Supreme Court ruled in the Bob Jones University case that tax exemption for non-profit organizations
is a government subsidy. Regarding their Supreme Court ruling, Dr. Bob Jones III wrote the
following summary (emphasis added), clearly showing that tax exemption is a trap:
“From 1971 until 1983 Bob Jones University was in controversy with the IRS over its taxexempt
status. The issue culminated in a 1983 ruling against this institution by the U.S. Supreme
Court declaring that since we held views that were contrary to prevailing federal public
policy we would forfeit our exemption...the court ruled in our case that tax exemption was a
subsidy...and that religious organizations had to yield their religious beliefs in favor of
‘overriding government interests.”

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#7 Apr 27, 2009
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In case you missed it, that quote said tax exemption is a government subsidy. What the
government subsidizes, it also controls. Tax Exemption is a trap, which has been intentionally baited
and sprung by the government to lure and draw the churches outside of Constitutional protection, and
thereby to control the churches and pulpits of America and prevent them from speaking out against
established government policy. To receive tax exemption the corporate “churches” must enter into a
treacherous covenant with the IRS to preach public policy and remain silent on all issues before the
legislature.

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#8 Apr 27, 2009
This “new covenant” for the corporate church, otherwise known as Internal Revenue
Code section 501(c)3, reads as follows:
Sec. 501. Exemption from Tax on Corporations, Certain Trusts, etc...
(c). List of Exempt Organizations...
(3). Corporations, and any community chest, fund, or foundation, organized and operated
exclusively for religious, charitable, scientific, testing for public safety, literary, or educational
purposes or to foster national or international amateur sports competition, or for the prevention
of cruelty to children or animals, no part of the net earnings of which inures to the benefit of any
private shareholder or individual, no substantial part of the activities of which is carrying on
propaganda [(?)] or otherwise attempting to influence legislation (except as otherwise provided
in subsection (h)), and which does not participate in, or intervene in,(including the publishing or
distributing of statements), any political campaign on behalf of (or in opposition to) any
candidate for public office.
(emphasis added)
By begging for tax exemption under IRC 501(c)3 the incorporated churches have lumped
themselves together with secular and pagan organizations (most of which are allowed to lobby to
influence legislation under an exception clause not offered to churches; see 501(h)(5)); and have made
an agreement with the government not to “carry on propaganda”(not defined in the IR Code, but
defined in the Bob Jones University case quoted above as speaking out against "prevailing Federal
public policy") or to “attempt to influence legislation.” If an issue such as homosexual rights or child
pornography or abortion rights is being considered in Congress, pastors of 501(c)3 incorporated
churches are not allowed to tell their people to call their congressmen to voice their views, as that is
attempting to influence legislation. They are not allowed to take out ads in the local news media to
inform Christians on legislative issues. Technically, IRC 501(c)3 can be interpreted to completely
disallow preachers from even preaching from their own pulpits on political issues. The day will soon
come that the “propaganda” forbidden by 501(c)3 will include preaching the Gospel that the only way
to heaven is through the Lord Jesus. Actually, under current “hate crime” legislation, that day is
already upon us. For preachers to say (as many do when confronted with the issue) that they can make
such an agreement without intending to keep it constitutes fraud, and is exactly parallel to taking the
mark of the beast with their fingers crossed behind their backs. Also, any Christian who believes the
Church should be confined to its own four walls and should not influence government or society needs
to re-read his Bible, particularly such passages as Matt. 5:13-14, Matt. 28:18 (“all authority in heaven
and in earth”), Rev. 5:10, Is. 9:6-7, Ps. 2:8-12 and Ps. 149:5-9 which shows that all of God’s saints
have the honor of holding kings and nobles accountable to the two-edged sword, the word of God (Heb
4:12). Since Jesus is the “king of kings” then all civil authorities answer to him (Rom 13:6). He is
presently working on this earth through His Church, which is to be the salt of the earth.
THE BIBLE SUBJECTED TO THE INTERNAL REVENUE CODE
No incorporated tax-exempt "church" can honestly claim that it is operating under the
fundamental doctrine of the Sole Authority of the Scriptures. Incorporated tax-exempt churches
have by their contract not only placed the Bible under their corporate charter, but also under the
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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#9 Apr 27, 2009
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Internal Revenue Code in authority. Consider the following quote from the opening statement of the
Constitution and By-laws of an independent, fundamental Baptist church in Land O’ Lakes, Florida:
Section 2 - Purpose
A) This congregation is organized and incorporated as a church exclusively for charitable,
religious, and educational purposes within the meaning of Section 501(c)3 of the Internal
Revenue Code of 1986 (or the corresponding provision of any future United States Revenue
law)...(emphasis added)
In case you missed it, that said “exclusively” within the meaning of the Internal Revenue Code!
This blatant apostasy and treacherous betrayal is not unique to this church but is fairly common as this
very wording has been promoted by the lying deceivers of the CLA, the “Christian Law (Lie)
Association.” This is an outright betrayal of the blood of the martyrs through the centuries who were
tortured and burned at the stake for standing on the sole authority of the scriptures. It is also a betrayal
of another of the main distinctive doctrines of the Baptists held throughout history, a doctrine of which
modern-day Baptists seem to be sadly ignorant: the doctrine of the Separation of Church and State.
(Note: historically Baptists were the few that believed it is not the Church’s job to control the
government, neither is it the government’s job to control the Church. History was dominated from the
4th through the 18th centuries first by the Popes and then by the Protestants enforcing false doctrines
by the edge of the sword and persecuting, torturing and murdering the Baptists.) This is not just a
Baptist issue, but Baptists must wake up and see that any preacher that pastors an incorporated,
501(c)3 tax-exempt (state-sponsored) church, and at the same time preaches against worldly attire,
worldly music, smoking, or other personal compromises is straining at gnats when he has swallowed a
camel (Matt 23:24). He can preach against the NIV or NASV on behalf of the King James Bible, but
his first and final authority is the IRC (Internal Revenue Code) and his corporate constitution and bylaws,
not the Bible. He can preach against sexual immorality and adultery, but he has committed
spiritual adultery by marrying the bride of Christ to another husband. He can call himself Baptist, but
he has compromised and betrayed both Baptist distinctive doctrines of the Sole Authority of the
Scripture and the Separation of Church and State, and is unworthy of the name Baptist and those
doctrines for which many thousands of saints courageously and willingly gave their lives.

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#10 Apr 27, 2009
NO MAN CAN SERVE TWO MASTERS.
Neither can the Church. Many pastors and churches have awakened and repented of their
blatant, willful ignorance and now see that it is wrong, immoral, idolatrous, unbiblical and sinful to
allow the Church to be organized as a 501(c)3 tax-exempt corporation (or any other similar statutory
tax-exempt organization) and are now standing up for the Lordship of Christ over His Church no
matter what the cost. The main reason for their conviction is the premise that Christ alone is the one
and only authority over the Church, as found in Ephesians 1:19-23:
“And what is the exceeding greatness of his power to us who believe, according to the working
of his mighty power, Which he wrought in Christ, when he raised him from the dead, and set him
at his own right hand in the heavenly places, Far above all principality, and power, and might,
and dominion, and every name that is named, not only in this world, but also in that which is to
come: And hath put all things under his feet, and gave him to be the head over all things to the
church, Which is his body, the fullness of him that filleth all in all.”
The central issue concerning church incorporation, based on Ephesians 1:22,(also Matt. 16:18,
Col. 1;18, and Eph. 5:23) is that the Lord Jesus Christ has sole jurisdiction and authority over the
Church in all matters; therefore:

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#11 Apr 27, 2009
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THE CHURCH CANNOT ANSWER TO ANY
AUTHORITY OTHER THAN THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
Jesus is head over all things to the church. That means the civil government has no authority
whatsoever over the church. To report to, answer to, or grant authority over the church to anyone
other than the Lord Jesus is denial of Ephesians 1:22 and is idolatry. America’s founding fathers
understood this, when they wrote in the 1st Amendment to the Constitution,“Congress shall make no
law respecting the establishment of religion, or prohibiting the free exercise thereof.” Congress has
no jurisdiction to restrict or tax the Church in any way. As the Supreme Court has stated,“the power
to tax involves the power to destroy.” Congress does NOT have authority to destroy the Church
through any form of taxation. Congress cannot tax the Church because the government cannot tax
God or take His tithe. This is why the Church is non-taxable and does not need any “exemption.”
Even if the 1st Amendment had not been written, if Congress made any law apply to the Church, the
Church would be duty-bound to ignore the law, because the State has no authority over the Church.

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Since: Oct 08

Morristown,Tn

#12 Apr 27, 2009
This principle applies to local government as well as federal. For the Church to go to local
government for occupancy permit, marriage license or any other permit or license is to acknowledge
another head over the Church. We cannot take a license from government to do what God
commands. This is why during the 1600’s, John Bunyan, author of “The Pilgrim’s Progress,” spent
13 years in jail - at great price to his wife and children - for preaching the gospel without a license
from the Anglican state church. This is why Baptist preachers were persecuted in Virginia and other
colonies even up until the 1770’s; for preaching the gospel without a license from the state church. 1st
century Christians were martyred by Rome not because they were Christians, but because they refused
to accept Caesar’s lordship and seek permission (“licit”) from Caesar to be Christians. In going to the
government for incorporation and tax exemption, the churches have done what the martyrs refused to
do; they have asked the state to license the church, and thereby have voluntarily surrendered Jesus’
lordship over the church to the government,“even denying the Lord that bought them”(2 Pet 2:1).
“But they’re not telling me what to preach!” This is the typical position most preachers take when
confronted with this information. They say that when they are told what to preach (which in fact they
already are), they will simply not honor their contract and will preach what they want to anyway. As
stated, accepting tax exemption with this dishonest mindset constitutes fraud, and may even qualify as
illegal tax evasion. Far more important than that however, is this fact of eternal consequence: the issue
is not in how strictly the government is enforcing their contract; the issue is the preachers’ idolatrous
willingness to give the government jurisdiction over the Church that only belongs to Jesus!
“Know ye not, that to whom ye yield yourselves servants to obey, his servants ye are to whom ye obey;
whether of sin unto death, or of obedience unto righteousness?”(Rom. 6:16). Again, incorporating a
church and applying for tax-exemption involves the same sin as taking the mark of the beast; both acts
deny the exclusive lordship of Christ by bowing to the supremacy of the state. The church cannot
serve two masters. While God “winks” at the sins we commit in ignorance (Ac. 17:30, 1 Tim. 1:13),
the pastors of America must now repent and free their churches from the wicked covenants they have
made with the state, and return their churches to the Lord Jesus.“Remember therefore from whence
thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will
remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent”(Rev 2:5). It is time for the Church to be
the Church; for the Bible to once again be our sole authority for faith and practice, and for the Lord
Jesus Christ to once again be our only Lord and Master. Amen.

“Hair Of The Dog”

Since: Jan 08

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#13 Apr 27, 2009
like anybody would read all that crap
the pain train

Memphis, TN

#14 Apr 27, 2009
That's a whole lot of fecal matter coming from one anal cavity. Go to Walgreen's and get yourself some Pepto bro.
yep

Morristown, TN

#16 Apr 27, 2009
pay no attention to the flamers, Jason keep up the good work...

please don't forget it was the churches that would not go along in 1775 that backed the revolution

God bless
the pain train

Memphis, TN

#17 Apr 27, 2009
yep wrote:
pay no attention to the flamers, Jason keep up the good work...
please don't forget it was the churches that would not go along in 1775 that backed the revolution
God bless
You call people names like flamers and then turn around and say God Bless? Sounds like you go to the same church as Mosier. Keep up the good work.
Spare Me

United States

#18 Apr 27, 2009
the pain train wrote:
<quoted text>
You call people names like flamers and then turn around and say God Bless? Sounds like you go to the same church as Mosier. Keep up the good work.
Oh how right u are! No one in their right mind would believe anything that comes from this POS! Hey Mosier sounds to me like u need a JOB! LMAO
the pain train

Memphis, TN

#20 Apr 27, 2009
Bob wrote:
Everything he posted was historical fact.
hey Bob, go back to taking your little pills and smiling all the time. Either you're one of their homosexual lovers or you are one of them posting under a different name. They only agree with each other.

“The Face of Evil”

Since: Sep 08

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#21 Apr 27, 2009
You people can't say this is not true. It's all historical fact. You na-sayer should read your history sometime. Great post man, keep it up...........BTHEKID

Since: Oct 08

Location hidden

#22 Apr 27, 2009
Well, it is late, and I was watching "The Daily Show" while I was reading it, but if the whole point was that churches should not have tax-exempt status, I'm all for that.

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