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The Jimmy Swaggart Series

Part 3

 

 

Jimmy Swaggart,

O Ye Hypocrite!

 

by

Karen Pansler-Lam, J.D.

 

Jimmy Swaggart is the biggest televangelist hypocrite.  Years ago, Swaggart denounced contemporary Christian music as entertainment…

 

 Watch the following short video on Youtube…  

 

Jimmy Swaggart condemns contemporary christian ...
4 min - Jan 15, 2011
Uploaded by 30Jont

NOTE:

Curiously, the above video

was pulled off Youtube

within days after the

the publication of this message...

Who do you think

was behind it?

 

In this video, years ago, Jimmy Swaggart preached during a crusade…

 

“There is no such thing as Christian entertainment.”

 

“Hardcore contemporary Christian music strives to make Christ acceptable to man,

rather than man acceptable to Christ. 

It attempts to lower the Lord Jesus to mankind’s basest level 

rather than elevating man to Jesus’ level.  

It is not of God.”  

 

So, have you seen Swaggart’s Sonlife Broadcasting Network (SBN) lately?

 

Minimal worship...lots of mediocre contemporary Christian entertainment.

 

Randy Knaps screams his songs…

 

And there's the saxophone player who plays Christian jazz

 

And there's the drummer who makes noise  

 

And there's the electric guitar player whose style is rock ...

 

This is not anointed worship...it's pop/rock “Christian” entertainment to expand Swaggart's music business.

 

Jimmy Swaggart said in the above video:  “There is no such thing as Christian entertainment.” 

 

Now watch these JSM music performances on Youtube… 

 

1) Randy Knaps - "Don't You Wanna Go" 

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NVadBGqvxV8&feature=related  

 

2) Boo Pourciau, Randy Knaps - "He'll Calm Your Storms"

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=MGy5RaWOxpQ&NR=1  

 

3) Boo Pourciau, Drum Solo - Family Worship Center (FWC)

 http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=DltaDglAy28&feature=related

 

This is entertainment, not anointed worship.

This is music in the flesh, not the spirit.

This music glorifies man, not God.

 

Jimmy Swaggart condemned contemporary Christian music as entertainment for years... and now he's promoting it!

 

Jimmy Swaggart...O ye hypocrite!

 

Swaggart was a hypocrite when denouncing  “whores” and “whoremongers” and at the same time he was a-whoring after pornography and prostitutes!

 

Likewise he is a hypocrite denouncing contemporary Christian music as entertainment and at the same time he is a-whoring after worldly music - “Christian” jazz, rock, and other popular music to please man, not God.

 

Swaggart’s hypocrisy is a perfect example of Matthew 7:

 

1 Judge not, that ye be not judged.

2 For with what judgment ye judge, ye shall be judged: and with what measure ye mete, it shall be measured to you again.

3 And why beholdest thou the mote that is in thy brother’s eye, but considerest not the beam that is in thine own eye?

4 Or how wilt thou say to thy brother, Let me pull out the mote out of thine eye; and, behold, a beam is in thine own eye?

5 Thou hypocrite, first cast out the beam out of thine own eye; and then thou shalt see clearly to cast out the mote out of thy brother’s eye.

 

Specifically, Jimmy Swaggart condemns contemporary Christian music as worldly, yet JSM’s music is worldly - “Christian” jazz, rock, and other popular music to please the carnal spirit of revelry.  It is his marketing strategy to enlarge his viewing audience and increase sales of JSM merchandise on SBN – the Jimmy Swaggart shopping network.

 

And his wife Frances also denounces Christian entertainment on her SBN program Frances and Friends. 

 

O ye hypocrite, Frances Swaggart!

 

Specifically, Jimmy Swaggart Ministries denounces the modern church and at the same time they are the modern church!  For example, they have replaced gospel music with pop/rock contemporary music; casual dress on Wednesday nights (Jimmy wears no necktie, Frances wears slacks, etc.) and other signs of the transition of the modern church into a secular church.

 

And yet they point the finger of shame at others!  JSM, shame on you! O ye hypocrites!

 

 

Vain Repetitions

 

But when ye pray,

use not vain repetitions,

as the heathen do;

for they think they shall be heard

for their much speaking.

Matthew 6:7

 

 

Recently, during the Family Worship Center Sunday service, a female soloist sang a trite, repetitive song about a river.  The same words were repeated over and over and over and over and over again…

 

The vain repetition of words is just as wrong in music worship as prayer: “use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do.”  The vain repetition of words is not a moving of the Holy Spirit; it is a moving of the carnal spirit. But false worship leaders pretend singing the same words over and over and over and over again is pleasing to God.  On the contrary, Jesus commands us: “use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do.” 

 

The heathen use chants – the vain repetition of words. For example, Baal’s priests chanted from morning until noon vain repetitions:  “O Baal, hear us; O Baal, hear us, O Baal, hear us…”  And many of the contemporary “Christian” songs are “Christian” chants – a vain repetition of words.

 

Admittedly, there are times when the Spirit moves us to repeat a song, but the vain repetition of the same words over and over and over again just because we are caught up in the hype is not a moving of the Spirit. In fact, hype is a substitute for a genuine move of the Holy Spirit.  More important, hype quenches the moving of the Spirit!

 

In other words, the false worship of exaggerated, worldly reveling is hype – a deception to replace true holy worship and the moving of the Spirit. And Jimmy Swaggart uses worldly, deceptive hype to please man.  His music over the years has transitioned from gospel to worldly.

 

 

JSM’s Spirit of the World

 

Around the world, Christians expose Swaggart’s hypocrisy concerning contemporary Christian music.  William Cook of Truth Life Way Ministries in South Africa writes:

 

For many years I have listened to Jimmy Swaggart’s music. And yes I still listen to his music today, but I would like to comment how the standard has dropped over the years.

 

I was about 16 years old when I heard the very first sermon preached by Jimmy Swaggart. But what really caught my interest was his music and the anointing when he sang those songs. I’m talking about the vinyl LP records, and then the 8 track-tapes. Afterwards came the 4 track tapes; then the videos came and in more recent years the DVD’s and CD’s etc. And all through the years it was always the anointing on Swaggart’s singing that blessed us.

 

Jimmy believed that whenever someone can sing a song with an anointing, that song can draw you closer to Christ. I believed then as I even do today that the anointed songs and music can draw someone into a saving knowledge of Jesus Christ. Because I myself have experienced this happen, when anointed music\singing has drawn or even brought some backslidden person back to the Lord. Because I am somewhat of a musician and a worship-leader I know this to be true.

 

Swaggart himself has through the years been very outspoken concerning this new style of music called Contemporary Christian Music, because of its worldly form. And of course because of my background in music, worship and instruments I can comment on this form of music. And I am not saying all contemporary music is wrong. There are some very beautiful songs that have been written. Then there are some that I believe are no-where near to anything one can call sacred or that even brings honour to our Lord. Some of these gospel artists like Amy Grant, Sandy Patti, Carman, Michael W Smith and many others, if you listen to the lyrics of their songs nothing speaks to want you to believe that they are singing about Christ or even bringing honour to Him.

 

But as far as Jimmy Swaggart is concerned that which he has been so outspoken about over the years has now seemed to have flown out the back door in his ministry. In comparison to his earlier gospel singers in the genre of John Starnes, Janet Paschal, Dudley Smith and Thomas Sloan, who were anointed singers to say the least, because one could see Jesus Christ in them; looking at the singers Swaggart has employed this past decade one really can see that the standard has certainly dropped. And I don’t mean these people are evil in any way, but just listening to the likes of Randy Knaps, or a Tareva Henderson and Allison Collins-Rhys you realise they have all brought in that world-like spirit. Not even forgetting Lester and Holly Rector who was quite an act. 

 

Jimmy Swaggart has certainly allowed the standard of wonderful, anointed music and singing to be replaced by contemporary gospel music, and singers\musicians who have obviously brought in the style of singing and music he has preached against for many years. I mean even Tareva Henderson in a recent expose’ has admitted that, “I am grateful for the experience of singing all kinds of music. I've made a living and made friends around the USA singing country music, R&B and rock music. I'm singing with some groups that do weddings, festivals and private events”.

 

Without a doubt I can declare that JSM under the auspices of Jimmy Swaggart has compromised anointed gospel music for contemporary Christian music.

William Cook
http://www.truthlifewayministries.co.za/

Let me highlight what William Cook says: “Jimmy Swaggart has certainly allowed the standard of wonderful, anointed music and singing to be replaced by contemporary gospel music, and singers\musicians who have obviously brought in the style of singing and music he has preached against for many years.”

Unquestionably, performers such as Randy Knaps and Boo Pourciau (former members of the Louisiana rock band LeRoux) and Tareva Henderson bring the spirit of the world into the sanctuary.  Their music is of the flesh, not the spirit.  Only these three will be discussed even though there are other worldly entertainers on the Family Worship Center “stage.”

 

Tareva Henderson

 

I've never heard of Tareva Henderson.  But recently, she left JSM and wrote:

 

I went there [JSM] years ago after the downfall around 2003 only to help my brother because he told me the music department was in a mess and falling apart. I had plans to move to Florida so I offered to sub part time and do some tunes to help because I never get to see my brother. They offered me a huge salary to take a full time leadership position over the stage…One time I got ready to sing a song and some of the other singers walked off of the stage and said they could not worship with a worldly spirit as mine on the stage…I’m a God loving Christain and have worked and sang all over this great country of ours from smokey bars to #1 rated tv shows and have never witnessed such a cult….I’ve made a living and made friends around the usa singing country music, R&B and rock music. (Emphasis added.)  

 

Read the entire e-mail @ http://www.fmh-child.org/TarevaHenderson.html

 

So

 

1) Henderson only went to help her brother because the music department was in a mess and falling apart?  She offered to “do some tunes”? Tunes, as in show tunes? Who calls sacred Christian music "tunes"?

 

Listen, worship music must be sung in the beauty of holiness to be sweet incense unto the Lord. 

Give unto the Lord the glory due unto his name:

bring an offering, and come before him:

worship the Lord in the beauty of holiness.

1 Chronicles 16:29

 

Carnal worship – false worship – is not worshipping in the beauty of holiness.  True worship must be sung by a spirit-filled Christian who has spiritual understanding about true worship music. Irrefutably, anyone who calls divine music "tunes" is not spiritually qualified to be a worship leader.

 

2) Henderson was offered a full-time position “over the stage”?  A stage is usually referred to as a raised platform for musical, dramatic and other entertaining performances.  Apparently, Henderson was just entertaining the audience with tunes.

 

3) Henderson has “worked and sang all over this great country of ours from smokey bars…”?

 

Listen, why is a professing Christian singing in saloons? 

 

Rev. W.P. Lovejoy wrote in 1894 in The Mission of the Church:

 

Wherever the saloon is strong the Church is weak.  The saloon is the enemy of good government and the foe of decent society.  It is the destroyer of peace in the home, prosperity in the business, harmony in the community, and of stability in the government.  It fosters and strengthens the worst passions that belong to humanity.  Its effect, if not its business, is to blight the brightest prospects of young manhood and to degrade pure and unsullied character to the level of the brute.  It barters beer for brains, wine for wisdom, liquor for immorality, debauchery, crime, and hell for purity, innocence, and heaven….It steals the joy from the heart of the devoted wife, and puts in its place pain and ache and anguish.  It shuts the door of heaven, and opens the gateway to hell.  It is the sum of all iniquities. (Page 219)

 

Tareva, how can a true believer sing to drunkards in saloons and at the same time sing unto the Lord in the sanctuary? 

 

4) Henderson has made a living “singing country music, R&B and rock music.” 

 

Before working at JSM, Henderson was not a gospel singer.  She made a living singing worldly music in saloons and other profane places.  Unless she truly desired in her heart to consecrate her talent to the Lord by singing gospel songs to glorify His Name, her singing at Family Worship Center was an abomination to the Lord! 

 

Randy Knaps

 

Knaps' singing style varies.  Sometimes he sings like a lounge singer.  And sometimes he sings like a pop singer.  And sometimes he sings like a rock singer.  His worldly style is no surprise since he was a vocalist with the Louisiana rock band LeRoux that combined many elements such as funk, R&B, Dixieland jazz, rock, and some Cajun-flavoring. 

 

http://www.laleroux.com/HTMLPages/randy.html  

http://www.laleroux.com/HTMLPages/Gallery/Photos/rk1.jpg  

http://www.laleroux.com/home.html

 

Listen to Knaps sing “Love's Gotta Hold On Me.” The style is no different from his singing on SBN…

http://www.laleroux.com/HTMLPages/Discography/aintnothingbutagrisgris.html

 

Why is Knaps singing at FWC?  Did they offer him a huge salary to entertain on stage?

 

Boo Pourciau

 

And there’s the JSM drummer Boo Pourciau who was also with the rock band LeRoux…

 

By the time he was 11 years old, Boo was sneaking into bars just to sit behind a real set of drums. One place that he will always remember was an old club & restaurant on the bayou called The End of the World, where they put a microphone in front of him and told him to sing. That's when the soulful wail began to come out. When Boo reached 14, his career took off. Performing with a popular group named the Luv Rakers, he toured with the likes of the Vanilla Fudge, Grass Roots, Zombies, and many other 60s & 70s groups.

 

Through the years, he has played with local musicians Tereva Henderson, G.G. Shin, Floyd Brown, Bobby Henderson, Lee Tillman & Reunion, and TK Hullin. He has also played in groups such as Dixie Jax, Night Timers, Leon Medica & Friends, The Buddy Roy Band, Tommy French, the late Ronnie Brumbley & Fox Fire, Tommy Scott, The Factory. The Delta Fright, and Tom Cat.

 

He also has had the honor to perform with John Fred and The Playboys…

 

http://www.laleroux.com/HTMLPages/boo.html

http://www.laleroux.com/HTMLPages/Gallery/Photos/OldSite/booboo.jpg

 

So, why is Boo working at JSM?  Did they offer him a large salary to entertain on stage?

 

 

Born Again?

 The Lying Lips of Jimmy Swaggart

 

Finally, there’s Jimmy Swaggart. Unquestionably, Swaggart is a gifted musician from a family of great musical talent - his cousins are Jerry Lee Lewis and Mickey Gilley.

 

JSM promotes Swaggart’s music as “anointed.”  "Anointed" means set apart and empowered for a particular work in the service of God.  A man who is a-whoring after pornography and prostitutes has not allowed the Spirit to purify and sanctify him for holy service.  Therefore, he is not anointed and his music cannot be anointed. 

 

Swaggart is a sly businessman.  He is a fox who knows how to market his music.  Beware of the wolf in sheep’s clothing: a tear in his eye and a tremble in his voice does not mean he is singing under the anointing of the Holy Spirit. 

 

For example, when Swaggart sings "Born Again" by Evie he is singing with lying lips because he is not living a holy life:

 

Born again, there's really been a change in me
Born again, just like Jesus said
Born again, and all because of Calvary
I'm glad so glad that I've been born again.

 

Singing hymns and gospel songs in place of repentance and sanctification is not only unacceptable to the Lord God, it is an abomination - the Lord hates lying lips…

 

Lying lips are an abomination to the Lord.

Proverbs 12:22

 

Undoubtedly, Swaggart has talent and charisma and his singing is moving, touching, and emotional.  But it is not anointed because you cannot draw pure water from a polluted well

 

Out of the same mouth proceedeth blessing and cursing.

My brethren, these things ought not so to be.

Doth a fountain send forth at the same place sweet water and bitter?

James 3:10,11

 

Specifically, out of Swaggart’s mouth proceeded praise to the Lord and propositioning prostitutes.  Out of Swaggart’s mouth proceeds true doctrine mixed with false doctrine (Gap Theory, etc.), therefore, his gospel is corrupt.   Jesus warns us:

 

Take heed and beware of the leaven of the Pharisees and of the Sadducees.

Matthew 16:6

 

Matthew Henry comments on this Scripture:

 

Here is the caution Christ gave them, to beware of the leaven of the Pharisees. He had now been discoursing with the Pharisees and Sadducees, and saw them to be men of such a spirit, that it was necessary to caution his disciples to have nothing to do with them. Disciples are in most danger from hypocrites; against those that are openly vicious they stand upon their guard, but against Pharisees, who are great pretenders to devotion, and Sadducees, who pretend to a free and impartial search after truth, they commonly lie unguarded: and therefore the caution is doubted, Take heed, and beware.

 

The corrupt principles and practices of the Pharisees and Sadducees are compared to leaven; they were souring, and swelling, and spreading, like leaven; they fermented wherever they came.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&contentID=

1611&commInfo=5&topic=Matthew

 

And Jesus warns us in Matthew 7:15, 17,18, 20:  "Beware of false prophets...by their fruits ye shall know them." 

 

Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves...

 

Even so every good tree bringeth forth good fruit; but a corrupt tree bringeth forth evil fruit.

 

A good tree cannot bring forth evil fruit; neither can a corrupt tree bring forth good fruit.

 

Wherefore by their fruits ye shall know them.

 

Swaggart is a corrupt tree bringing forth evil fruit: he refuses to repent for a-whoring after pornography and prostitutes and markets the gospel for money. Therefore, Swaggart is a false prophet.  And false prophets cannot be anointed.

 

 

True Worship Music

 

Divine music is important in the life of the believer. And one purpose of public worship in hymns and gospel songs is to give glory and honor to the Lord.  All worship  - private and public - must give true thanks and praise to the Lord, not with lying lips, but from a sanctified heart.  

 

Moreover, true worship in music helps us experience God’s presence. It is recorded in 2 Kings 3:15 that Elisha said: “Bring me a minstrel,” because he believed the sacred music would be a real help to him in experiencing God’s presence and in doing God’s work.  And he was right.  For “it came to pass, when the minstrel played, that the hand of the Lord came upon him.”

 

There are two types of Christian songs: 1) those written under the inspiration of the Holy Spirit; and 2) those written to please man and make money. The first type will always speak to the heart of a true Christian..

 

Deuteronomy 31 records that God gave Moses a song to teach the children of Israel:

 

19 Now therefore write ye this song for you, and teach it the children of Israel: put it in their mouths, that this song may be a witness for me against the children of Israel.

22 Moses therefore wrote this song the same day, and taught it the children of Israel.

 

Divine music is inspired by the Holy Spirit.  And in order to be pleasing to God, hymns and gospel songs must be sung by sanctified believers.

 

Again, singing to the Lord in place of repentance and sanctification is not only unacceptable to the Lord God, it is an abomination.  For the Lord hates lying lips.

 

God hates false worship.  He despises those who sing praises to His name with lying lips and a corrupt heart. It is an affront to the Lord. It is hypocrisy. In other words, God rejects worldly praise and worship – false worship.

 

The Lord God turns a deaf ear to the melodies of false believers and false worship.

 

Clearly, the Bible instructs us in Ephesians 5:18, 19:


And be not drunk with wine, wherein is excess;

but be filled with the Spirit;
Speaking to yourselves in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

singing and making melody in your heart to the Lord.

 

Matthew Henry comments on this Scripture:

 

Drunkards are wont to sing obscene and profane songs. The heathens, in their Bacchanalia, used to sing hymns to Bacchus, whom they called the god of wine. Thus they expressed their joy; but the joy of Christians should express itself in songs of praise to their God. In these they should speak to themselves in their assemblies and meetings together, for mutual edification. By psalms may be meant David’s psalms, or such composures as were fitly sung with musical instruments. By hymns may be meant such others as were confined to matter of praise, as those of Zacharias, Simeon, etc. Spiritual songs may contain a greater variety of matter, doctrinal, prophetical, historical, etc. Observe here, (1.) The singing of psalms and hymns is a gospel ordinance: it is an ordinance of God, and appointed for his glory. (2.) Though Christianity is an enemy to profane mirth, yet it encourages joy and gladness, and the proper expressions of these in the professors of it. God’s people have reason to rejoice, and to sing for joy. They are to sing and to make melody in their hearts; not only with their voices, but with inward affection, and then their doing this will be as delightful and acceptable to God as music is to us: and it must be with a design to please him, and to promote his glory, that we do this; and then it will be done to the Lord.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=4&

contentID=1777&am p;commInfo=5&topic=Ephesians

 

And Colossians 3:16 instructs us:

 

Let the word of Christ dwell in you richly in all wisdom;

teaching and admonishing one another in psalms and hymns and spiritual songs,

singing with grace in your hearts to the Lord.

 

Prayerfully consider Matthew Henry's comments on this Scripture:

 

To teach and admonish one another. This would contribute very much to our furtherance in all grace; for we sharpen ourselves by quickening others, and improve our knowledge by communicating it for their edification. We must admonish one another in psalms and hymns. Observe, Singing of psalms is a gospel ordinance: psalmois kai hymnois kai oµdais—the Psalms of David, and spiritual hymns and odes, collected out of the scripture, and suited to special occasions, instead of their lewd and profane songs in their idolatrous worship. Religious poesy seems countenanced by these expressions and is capable of great edification. But, when we sing psalms, we make no melody unless we sing with grace in our hearts, unless we are suitably affected with what we sing and go along in it with true devotion and understanding. Singing of psalms is a teaching ordinance as well as a praising ordinance; and we are not only to quicken and encourage ourselves, but to teach and admonish one another, mutually excite our affections, and convey instructions.

http://www.blueletterbible.org/commentaries/comm_view.cfm?AuthorID=

4&contentID=1787&am p;commInfo=5&topic=Colossians

 

Unfortunately, many contemporary “Christian” songs are meaningless, repetitive babbling.  They do not teach or admonish or edify. Instead they excite us to emotionalism or rebellious revelry against sacred music.  There is no true moving of the Holy Spirit.

 

Furthermore, the atmosphere of music “worship” in the modern church is no different from the atmosphere of a pop or rock concert.  Few understand that leading the congregation in worship in song is a ministry.  True worship in music is a consecrated ministry and the worship leaders must be consecrated.  In fact, some of the Levities were “instructed in the songs of the Lord” (1 Chronicles 25:7).  However, many become worship leaders only because they love music in general, not because they have spiritual understanding of the true ministry of music. 

 

Jesus declares:

 

God is a Spirit:

and they that worship Him must worship Him

 in spirit and in truth.

  John 4:24

 

Because God is a Spirit, only the sanctified spirit of man can truly worship Him.  

 

True and holy worship can only be offered by a sanctified heart.

 

Profane worship in a church does not mean it is holy. 

 

We must lift up holy hands and holy hearts unto the Lord.

 

 

JSM: A House of Merchandise

 

Jimmy Swaggart has condemned contemporary Christian music as entertainment for years...and now he's promoting it!

 

Is he transitioning from gospel to pop/rock to please his family: Frances, Donnie, or Gabriel?

 

Is he transitioning to market his church to the world and thereby enlarge his media church and increase tithes and offerings? 

 

And we know that Swaggart uses his TV and radio “ministry” to market JSM: books, DVDs, CDs, and other merchandise.  JSM heavily promotes music CDs.

 

But Jesus openly showed His anger against the merchandisers in the temple. John 2:15,16 records how Jesus made a scourge of cords and drove them out of the temple. And He poured out their money and overthrew the tables…

 

15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers’ money, and overthrew the tables;
16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father’s house an house of merchandise.

 

Christ cleansed the temple. 

 

Clearly, JSM needs cleansed. The ministry - including the sanctuary - is not a place for worldly entertainment and amusement. And JSM's contemporary “Christian” music is the spirit of the world to attract the worldly. 

 

Swaggart and JSM denounce contemporary Christian music as entertainment and at the same time with the same lips sing contemporary Christian music and promote it to sell! 

 

O ye hypocrites!

 

 

Jimmy Swaggart, O Ye Hypocrite!

 

In the video, years ago, Jimmy Swaggart preached during a crusade…

 

“There is no such thing as Christian entertainment.”

 

“Hardcore contemporary Christian music strives to make Christ acceptable to man,

rather than man acceptable to Christ. 

It attempts to lower the Lord Jesus to mankind’s basest level 

rather than elevating man to Jesus’ level.  

It is not of God.”

 

But today JSM employs profane performers such as saloon singers, rock musicians and other entertainers to bring the spirit of the world into the Family Worship Center sanctuary. 

 

Jimmy Swaggart, O ye hypocrite!

 

 

April 2011

Liberty Advocate

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