#charliecharlieMy ten year old daughter came home crying from school last week. Her friends were talking about a game and a ghost named Charlie. They thought it was cool. My daughter got scared.

Since then, concerned parents from my church have asked me about it. I keep reading about it on Facebook. I feel I need to say something.

First of all some important facts about the #CharlieCharlie Game:

1) The game actually originated in Mexico years ago. My wife remembers kids from her school playing it when she was a girl growing up in northern Mexico. The social media in Mexico finds it amusing how the game is suddenly trending in the United States as if it were something new.

2) The game is trending now because of social media manipulation by the promoters of a horror movie called The Gallows which will be released in July featuring a ghost named Charlie who is contacted through the game.

3) The game is evil.

The game is played by placing two pencils in the form of a cross over a square divided into four sections. Two read “yes” and the other two “no.” The way to play is simply to ask Charlie a question. The pencil balanced on top will sometimes move to answer the question.

If you think it sounds like a Ouija board that’s because it is a Ouija board. Just like a Ouija board, it is often treated as a joke – a child’s game. Just like a Ouija board, some believe you can actually communicate with ghosts through it. In this case, the ghost’s name is Charlie.

The allure of the game for young people is that it is exciting and dangerous. The supernatural is fascinating. Is it real or isn’t it?

The problem is that the #CharlieCharlie Game is a lie. I’m not referring to the social media manipulation by the movie producers. I’m not saying it’s an urban legend made up to scare children. The #CharlieCharlie game is very real. It is a lie because it is perpetrated by the father of lies, the devil.

Sure, sometimes nothing happens. Sometimes it’s the wind or a child’s imagination. Sometimes, however, the pencil moves. Sometimes there is no logical explanation.

And yet, there is no ghost named Charlie. It’s a lie.

When a person dies, the Bible says their soul goes before God for judgment (Ecclesiastes 12:7; Hebrews 9:27). When a person dies they go either to heaven or hell where they stay. Trying to contact the dead is impossible and strictly forbidden by God in the Bible (Leviticus 19:31).

There is no such thing as ghosts.

But there are demons. Demons are evil spirits. Demons are fallen angels. Demons, like their leader the devil, are liars. The Bible says they have the power to deceive people with false signs and wonders (2 Thessalonians 2:9).

If you play the #CharlieCharlie Game or Ouija and something begins to communicate with you, it isn’t a ghost. It isn’t a soul left to wander the earth. It is a demon trying to lead you away from God. It is a demon to whom you are opening a door.

God promises to protect us. He is more powerful than Satan and the demons. Jesus won the victory over them with his death on the cross, but they are nothing to be trifled with. If you leave God behind to play with the demons, you can get burned. You can be deceived. You can be hurt.

I may sound like some paranoid, overprotective parent, but the #CharlieCharlie Game is evil. It is a lie. Sure nothing may happen when you play it, but terrible things may also happen. Warn your children. The #CharlieCharlie Game is evil.

“Be self-controlled and alert. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).


  12 comments for “#CharlieCharlie

  1. June 1, 2015 at 7:01 am

    Thank you for posting this. I have never heard it called “charlie charlie” but this is something people need to hear. I am going to print it and post it at the family help center where I work.

  2. Seth Bode
    June 1, 2015 at 8:37 am

    I have read that the gravitational pull has to take a second to beat friction, but almost always gravity will move the top pencil. It was a science experiment first. After it moves, the rule of Sophocles follows, “To the man who is afraid, everything rustles.” Of course, intending to call on the supernatural breaks the second commandment. For any of God’s children, it will dull our conscience to God’s commands. Instead, let’s break the laws of wind and waves by going to God in 100% confidence of prayer in the name of Jesus.

    • schroera
      June 1, 2015 at 9:58 am

      Pastor Bode, Thanks for your comment. When someone claims to have a supernatural experience, there are three possible explanations: 1) it isn’t supernatural and has a logical explanation; 2) it is from God; or 3) it is from the devil and his demons. It always has to be one of those three. We know this isn’t number 2. We don’t have to figure out in every situation if it is 1 or 3. Because it isn’t 2, we stay away from it.

      • Uwe Bilger
        February 4, 2016 at 9:37 am

        Sorry, Andrew, but there is only one possible explanation, which is 1. It is not 2, because the only sure revelation we have of God is in the Book of Books. Trying to pin natural disasters or perceived blessings to God is a projection at best, and unfaithful at worst. It is not 3, because there is no such thing as the devil or demons. Or if you cannot accept that answer, then: With Jesus’ death on the cross, demans and devils do not have any might anymore. If you give them power unintentionally with writings like this, you are defiling God’s gift of neverending love by giving us his son to die for us. That, indeed, is sinful. Not playing with pencils.

        • schroera
          February 4, 2016 at 12:23 pm

          Uwe, the devil and his demons do have power, but God has power over them. To underestimate their power to deceive is dangerous (2 Thessalonians 2:9-12; 1 Peter 5:8).

  3. June 1, 2015 at 8:55 am

    There is good and there is evil. Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (1 Peter 5:8).

    Some games are of satan. Beware.

    Tell it like it is, Brother, like it is. You are not paranoid. When I was Head Nurse at an Adolescent Psychiatric Residential Treatment Center, the boys would often play “dungeons and dragons” in the evening. I always prayed the Blood of Jesus to protect us. I was there for three years. I believe my prayers prevented kids from harming themselves and kept staff safe. Shortly after I left, there was a patient suicide. The Facility was closed down. Suicide rarely, if ever occur in hospitals. Carole

    • Kimberly
      June 4, 2015 at 2:18 pm

      Woah, girl. No. You realize that Dungeons and Dragons is just an rpg game, right? Nothing evil at all, just pretending to be knights and saving princesses and whatnot.

  4. Aubrey Mafunga
    June 1, 2015 at 1:05 pm

    i have never held about that game in my life , if it is evil ,don’t practice it

  5. Dick Dorn
    June 1, 2015 at 11:27 pm

    If you don’t mind, I have a question I’d like your opinion on. Did the medium at Endor bring up Samuel or a demon impersonating Samuel?

    • schroera
      June 1, 2015 at 11:38 pm

      Great question, Dick. I would call that an open question. We really can’t say for sure. Could God have allowed Samuel to appear to Saul? Sure. God can do anything. He also could have allowed a demon to deceive him. In the end, God’s command is clear: Do not turn to mediums. Do not seek to communicate with the dead. The story of the witch of Endor shows the depths of depravity to which King Saul had fallen.

  6. Alisa Hodges
    June 26, 2015 at 12:26 pm

    Thank you for this. People ask me how I can believe in spirits/demons, but not ghosts and the like. Now I can actually answer them with scripture instead of shrugging my shoulders with an air of “I don’t know”.

  7. February 4, 2016 at 10:38 am

    I had never heard of this game. And yet my hands did touch a Ouija board maybe once or twice. When I became a Christ follower I saw that many were drawn into the realm of knowing the future. My sister had disappeared and was missing over twenty years. In the very beginning my brother contacted a psychic. And though I was over in Germany at the time, a pretty long jaunt from where he and this psychic were out looking for my sister, I still experienced warfare. Words that the psychic said would be repeated to me at certain times of the day. It was so unsettling. I told my brother I could no longer hear about what they were doing. But I really saw I needed to pull my desire out of it.

    And earlier in my life when our mother died of a stroke a neighbor took me to see a psychic. At that time, I did not know the Lord personally. And when the light of the candle went out, I was thrilled to think my own mother was there at the table with us. Oh did I struggle with that one.

    The enemy of our souls will use anything to lure us away from God. Anything.

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