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).