Association with the Christian SatanWhile theistic Satanists do acknowledge an actual deity to whom they are dedicated, that being has significant differences from the Christian Satan. Theistic Satanism does not promote murder, rape, evil, etc. Instead, their Satan is a god of things like freedom, sexuality, strength, creativity, hedonism, and success.
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Branches of Theistic SatanismTheistic Satanism has no central organization. They are many different branches of theistic Satanism working independently of each other. Some of these groups address their deity as Satan, while others have alternative names for him. These groups include:
- The Church of Azazel
- The Ordo Flammeus Serpens
- The First Church of Satan (not to be confused with LaVey's atheistic Church of Satan)
- Joy of Satan Ministries
The Temple of Set previously identified itself as Satanic but no longer does.
Likewise, Luciferians hold many principles in common with theistic Satanists and recognize a being they call Lucifer, but they do not identify themselves as Satanists.