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The Problem with the #CharlieCharlieChallenge

We love a good game just as much as the next person. However, the #CharlieCharlieChallenge that’s been circulating the internet this week has us slightly very concerned.

For those who haven’t heard about the challenge, it’s a game that requires participants to place two pencils in the shape of a cross, on a piece of paper that has ‘yes’ or ‘no’ written in four boxes. Next, everyone calls out to the demon by asking, “Charlie, Charlie, are you there?” Here’s an example:


Whether this is real or fake, we think it’s gone a bit too far. What many people fail to realize is that demons are real and they’re nothing to be played with. They’re dark, evil spirits that wreak havoc on the lives of those that they encounter. You can search the internet to see just how many exorcisms have been performed in the name of ridding people of evil spirits. It’s serious business. Yet, the popularity of the #CharlieCharlieChallenge leads us to believe that many people are taking it far too lightly.

Although we’re disappointed to see how many people participated in the #CharlieCharlieChallenge, we’re not the least bit surprised. Our culture is becoming more and more obsessed with evil spirits. And movies like Poltergeist, Insidious and The Exorcist do nothing to stop the obsession. We seem to be inviting these spirits into our lives, when the Bible warns us, “you cannot drink the cup of the Lord and the cup of demons. You cannot partake of the table of the Lord and the table of demons” -Corinthians 10:21.

Now, some may call this a harmless game and say that we’re reading too much into it. However, we want to make sure that everyone involved understands what’s at stake. Willingly and willfully inviting demons into your life is cause for concern. Not every popular hashtag or trending topic is worth compromising your soul and your safety. So instead of calling out the name of a demon, try calling out the name of your Savior. Just saying. Be careful what you tweet!

“No, I imply that what pagans sacrifice they offer to demons and not to God. I do not want you to be participants with demons.” – 1 Corinthians 10:20

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  1. Project Inspired

    Posted by _Bay on September 3, 2015 at 11:21

    This game is so popular in my school right now. It’s really travelling and I pray about it and every other game. These games are a sign of the spiritual warfare we are in. The devil is using evil games to get to school kids, we should definitely keep warning and praying against this

  2. BridgetteMarie21

    Posted by BridgetteMarie21 on May 29, 2015 at 16:07

    Honestly, I think this whole challenge thing is stupid, lol. The pencil isn’t moving because a demon is in the room, it’s because of physics…..

  3. skpdancer

    Posted by skpdancer on May 29, 2015 at 07:22

    These were my exact thoughts when I heard about this…. its just another tool Satan uses in spiritual warfare.

  4. Smylinggirl

    Posted by Smylinggirl on May 29, 2015 at 06:50

    Whoa, I didn’t even know about this. My youth group has been discussing the supernatural (good and bad) and, yes, demons are very real and dangerous. It kinda scares me that people are playing around like this.

  5. Rebelution_Ready

    Posted by Rebelution_Ready on May 28, 2015 at 16:12

    Sharing this.

  6. Celby

    Posted by Celby on May 28, 2015 at 14:57

    I’m glad you put this out there! It is important to understand the reality of the devil’s power in this world

  7. Aryandil

    Posted by Aryandil on May 28, 2015 at 13:34

    I believe that some people watch those movies just because they are fans of the supernatural horror genre…
    But I agree, our culture seems to lean more towards the dark side (no pun intended), but then, it’s been happening over a steady period of time. I’m sure that the majority of the people participating in the #CharlieCharlieChallenge are just atheists who don’t care about religion at all.