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Satanic organization with traps to ensnare students

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The Satanic Temple wants to help high school graduates pursue higher education with its “Devil’s Advocate Scholarship.”

The organization, which fights for a separation between religion and pubic affairs, will sift through submissions from 2020 graduates and award two winners $500 in scholarship money.

Interested applicants are asked to submit a creative response in the form of an essay, poem, work of art or film answering one of two questions.

One asks what applicants have done to promote the temple’s tenets and mission. The other asks for a description of a teacher who “crushed your spirit, undermined your self-confidence, and made you hate every minute you were forced to be in school.”

The scholarship application period opened Monday. Malcolm Jarry, the organization’s co-founder, told CNN on Wednesday that 50 applications had been received.
Jarry said the idea came about when a high school student emailed him to ask for a letter of recommendation for a religious scholarship that was being offered at her school.

“I was disappointed that she did not receive the scholarship and saw that moment as an opportunity to offer our own scholarship that reflects our values,” he said.

“In addition to promoting our values by honoring those who engage in pro-social rugged individualism, the scholarship allows students a rare opportunity to be critical of an institution that only rewards sycophantic adulation,” Jarry said.

The group, headquartered in Salem, Massachusetts, says its mission is “to encourage benevolence and empathy among all people.” Members believe Satan is a “literary construct,” not an actual being.

The Satanic Temple’s website says the group advocates the “pursuit of knowledge,” but believes people confuse learning and schooling. “Students are often expected to praise their schools in spite of the fact that many students endure unconscionable abuse at the hands of faculty, administration, and their peers,” Jarry said.

“It is common to hear a successful person talk about a teacher who inspired them, but they never acknowledge that after 13 years of schooling they were quite fortunate if they came across just one.”

The Satanic Temple has used symbols of Satan to draw attention to what it sees as the hypocrisy of Christian symbols on government property. For years, it petitioned to have a massive Baphomet statue — a goat-headed symbol linked to Satan — in the Oklahoma state Capitol, which was home to a Ten Commandments statue.

The scholarship is open until August 31. Winners will be announced on the temple’s website September 15.

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Young Adults in the UK Open to Bible Ban

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UK– A recent study in the United Kingdom found that nearly a quarter of young Brits are open to banning the Bible, agreeing with a ban on books containing perceived hate speech.

A polling group called Whitestone Insights recently surveyed 2,000+ adults, asking if they agreed with the following statement: “Unless the offending parts can be edited out, books containing what some perceive as hate speech should be banned from general sale, including if necessary religious texts such as the Bible.”

Whitestone found that young Brits, ages 18 to 34, were most likely to agree with this statement, amounting to 23% of participants. Middle-aged Brits, ages 35 to 54, were the second highest group at 17%, followed by Brits over age 55, who made up 13% of survey participants.

The results tell of a deeper social belief in the U.K. that Christian views should be censored – and it is a belief that has plagued all of Europe.

Last year, an American street preacher was arrested in England for preaching the Bible. A woman was also arrested for silently praying outside of an abortion clinic – and in neighboring Finland, Paivi Räsänen, a member of the Finish parliament, faced charges of hate speech after sharing her religious beliefs on social media.

These cases, along with the recent poll, are a concerning reminder of the declining state of religious freedom occurring in Western democracies around the world.
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‘God Keeps Doing It!!’: Thousands Turn To Jesus At #2 Us Party School, Hundreds Get Baptized In Fountain

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Florida — New York Times best-selling Christian author and founder of IF:Gathering Jennie Allen is reporting once again that the Spirit of God is moving in the hearts of thousands of college students, this time at Florida State University in Tallahassee.

In a post to Instagram and Facebook on Friday, she shared a photo of a student who had just been baptized in the university’s Westcott Fountain on Thursday night.

“It’s happening again! FSU Baptisms! Hundreds maybe a thousand students came forward to trust Jesus. We can’t explain what’s happening apart from the Spirit,” she wrote.

In a second post, Allen shared a video showing hundreds of FSU students gathered around the fountain, singing and praising God.

“4,500 Florida State University (one of the biggest party schools in the nation) students confessed struggles and sin tonight. Hundreds came forward to trust Christ. And this is them singing and dancing as they head to spontaneous baptisms,” she wrote in text over the video of the students.

Along with the video clip, she explained, “God keeps doing it!! They confessed their sin. They came forward in droves tonight to trust Jesus. We baptized hundreds in a fountain usually used for partying and worse. And it’s all just the beginning. It literally is everywhere I go right now. Revival is here. And there is no explaining it—when it’s God! #FSU #baptisms.”

FSU is reportedly the top “party school” in the state and is the second-biggest so-called “party school” in the country, according to the website Niche that has more than a half million reviews submitted by college and university students in the US.

One user responded, “My daughter is there! She says it’s been incredible. They are hungry. And not in just a swept up in the moment way.”

Another user wrote, “My daughter was one of the students who was baptized in the fountain that night after the conference! Praise God!!!”

One person asked what follow-up was being done by local churches to help the students grow in their new spiritual journey. A few users responded that the students who were baptized are being connected with area churches, who will follow up with them individually.

A student also replied, “Hello! I was one of the students there last night! One thing I thought was BEAUTIFUL about Unite was the emphasis on FINDING A CHURCH HOME! They had tables outside with college groups from many local churches and asked everyone to fill out information to get connected! We want these souls on fire to get plugged in.”

The impromptu baptisms were the result of a free worship event titled Unite FSU that was held on Thursday, Feb. 15 at the university’s Donald L. Tucker Civic Center. Jonathan “JP” Pokluda, the lead pastor of the Harris Creek Baptist Church in Waco, Texas, and Allen were the featured speakers. Unite is a movement of college students united to lift the name of Jesus, according to the organization’s website.

Allen has released a new Bible study curriculum titled Untangle Your Emotions: Discover How God Made You to Feel.

Hosted by the author, the study is conducted in six sessions with video streaming access. Allen “helps you discover that emotions that are submitted to God and used for the purposes God intends connect us to each other and to Him. You’ll learn to notice, name, and process your emotions in healthy ways,” according to the study’s website. “God made us to feel our emotions, to examine and share them—not manage or suppress them. We can learn what it means to live emotionally-healthy lives from studying Jesus’ life and how He cared for and responded to the people around Him.”

In addition, Allen’s IF Gathering is marking a 10-year celebration on Feb. 23-24 with an event at the Dickies Arena in Fort Worth, Texas.

As CBN News reported, she was also a featured speaker at the JWLKRS (Jesus-Walkers) Conference that was held Sept. 29-30 in Orlando, Florida.

SEPTEMBER 2023 ‘A Revival Is Happening’: Hundreds Choose Christ at Auburn, Get Spontaneously Baptized in a Lake

Thousands of young people gathered together to worship Jesus, pray, and have their faith encouraged at the event held at Calvary Orlando.

The gathering focused on helping Millennials and Gen Z understand how their “unique talents, traits, and passions serve a vital purpose.”

Allen shared on Instagram at the time that she witnessed hundreds of people come up to the altar after praying and inviting them to have a relationship with Jesus.

She was also involved in Unite Auburn’s “Night of Worship” event at Auburn University in Alabama, earlier that same month where roughly 200 students were spontaneously baptized.

She credited prayer and the support of the local churches around Auburn for ushering in this movement of the Lord at Auburn University.

“It was such a move of God,” Allen told CBN News. “I’ve been a part of moments like that in the past, specifically with Gen Z, and I want to say that because there is something very special happening right now, I believe, in their hearts. I think they are, they are hungry for God and they want God in a very real way. This is not manufactured.”

She had the same to say about the Jesus Walkers Conference.

“I’ll keep saying it. They want God,” she wrote.

OCTOBER 2023 ‘They Want God’: Hundreds Come Forward to Give Their Lives to Jesus at JWLKRS Conference

SEPTEMBER 2023: Move of God at Texas A&M Shows ‘No Signs of Slowing Down’ – Hundreds Baptized in Corpus Christi

MARCH 2023 ‘The Lord Is Not Slowing Down’: Revival Flames Spread in Texas and Alabama

FEBRUARY 2023 – Revival Spreads to Texas A&M, Indiana Wesleyan and LSU: ‘It’s Not Religion. It’s Just Meeting JESUS’

Throughout 2023, we at CBN News also reported on additional signs of revival, including multiple mass baptism events all over the country that don’t appear to be slowing down:

* Major Sign of Revival as Greg Laurie, Harvest Christian Fellowship Baptize 4,500 Souls at Pirates Cove

* ‘The Biggest Water Baptism’ in US History? 4,166 Baptized at Historic Beach from Jesus Movement

* Life.Church Reports ‘Revival’ as 2,000 People Get Baptized

* TN MegaChurch Experiences ‘Genuine Move of God’ as 136 Get Spontaneously Baptized

* ‘REVIVAL IS HERE!’ From Beaches to Prisons, Hundreds of Salvations, Baptisms Reported Across US

* ‘Revival to Prisons’: God Behind Bars Reports 130 New Baptisms, Works to Reach 2M Incarcerated

* American Awakening: Hundreds Baptized in Gatlinburg, Revival Breaks Out at Point Loma University

* 72-Hour Revival at Baylor Leads to 20+ Baptisms: ‘A Compelling Invitation to Know Jesus’

* New Reports of Revival, 21 Baptisms at Purdue – Evangelist Chastises Critics, ‘God Is Moving, It’s Just Starting’
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Joel Osteen Chokes Back Tears, Declares ‘Fear Is Not Going to Win’ After Shooter Attacked Church

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One week after a shooter opened fire inside Houston’s Lakewood Church, Pastor Joel Osteen declared “fear is not going to win.”

The suspect, who officials said had a history of mental health issues, died when two off-duty officers returned fire, preventing a potential massacre at the church site.

The shooter’s seven-year-old son, who came with her into the church, was shot and is in critical condition.

On Sunday, in the first services since those horrific events, Osteen prayed for the child and his mother’s family.

“Aren’t you glad that we’re all here today? The goodness of God, the faithfulness of God and, you know, we’re just going to take this whole service just to thank God for what he’s done,” Pastor Osteen told the church.

“We lift up that little seven-year-old boy Samuel that was injured here, Lord, at no fault of his own. Lord, we know you can do what looks impossible even though medical reports don’t look good. Lord, I know he’s in your hands,” he prayed.

“And Lord, I pray for all the family of the deceased and the troubled woman. Lord, we just pray… Lord, I pray for her family. Lord, I know she was troubled in her mind and I know her family’s hurting. Lord, we know you’re in control, so I just pray for comfort for that family and just comfort for all those that are here.”

Osteen described the confusing moments when he learned the shooting was unfolding as he was already back in his office area with other church leaders, not knowing what was going on.

From the stage of Lakewood a week later, he praised God for protecting the church from what could have been an even worse attack. “Look at the goodness of our God, He brought us through,” he said. “You can see the hand of God.”
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