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Charlie Charlie and Why Parents Should Care

Charlie Charlie and Why Parents Should Care

I was raised in an unusual house. My father was a pagan, and taught me about the occult from the earliest I can remember. Ouija boards, seances and witchcraft were all part of my upbringing. When I left for college at seventeen, I was a practicing witch, but then I was unexpectedly introduced to Jesus. And my world flipped upside down.

I’ve now been walking with God for 20-some-odd years and one of the things that I am still amazed with is how many Christians do not understand the dangers of the occult.

Because of my upbringing, we talk a lot about supernatural things in our household. So when my kids heard about the “Charlie Charlie” internet challenge, they immediately knew that it was bad and to stay away from it. Meanwhile, some of their friends thought nothing of it and were quick to try it out.

What is the “Charlie Charlie” challenge? It tells kids to write on a piece of paper, cross a couple of pencils and call out to a Mexican ghost. Essentially, they are being encouraged to summon a demon. My kids have been trained to understand the supernatural world, so to them, the issues were obvious. But despite the fact that the Bible talks about demons, and possession and deliverance, many Christians remain woefully ignorant of the very real dangers.

I have encountered some common responses from parents that I want to talk about.

“It’s just a game”

Yes, Ouija boards are sold in Toys R Us but that does not make them games. When kids play with the boards, or even homemade ones like the Charlie Charlie one, they are inviting a demon to mess with them.

“It’s not real.”

I read a lot of comments about Charlie Charlie and many people dismissed it as “gravity moving the pencils” and that it’s not real. While I don’t argue the gravity point, the act of calling out and asking a demon to appear is the more pressing issue. There are two basic ways demons have access to Christians – through their sin and through invitation. (There’s more to it than that, but for brevity’s sake, let’s stick with these for now.) When a kid calls out and invites a demon in, one will come. They are real.

“It’s just an advertisement.”

I don’t have proof of this, but Charlie Charlie might be a savvy advertising campaign for a horror movie coming out called The Gallows. But once again, the reason behind it isn’t the point. The point is that MANY kids tried the Charlie Charlie challenge with no idea what they may have opened themselves up to.

I would encourage parents to ask their kids if they saw Charlie Charlie going around the Internet. Talk to them about the dangers of the occult (and I wish I had some books to recommend but there are none that I agree with enough to suggest.) Encourage them to never summon ghosts or the dead through seances or Ouija boards or even some pencils and a piece of paper.

If your kid has called out to Charlie? Explain to them what they did. They can repent and ask God to forgive them and to close any doors they may have been opened to the demonic.

Please learn about it. Read the gospels. See what the Bible says about the supernatural world. We have a very real enemy – even here in America where we have relegated the supernatural to superstition. We don’t have anything to fear – He who is in us is stronger than he who is in the world! But we are more vulnerable to deception when we are uninformed.

Be informed!

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By: Jeff and Sarah Sumpolec have been married for 19 years and Jeff has been a therapist in private practice for more than 10 years. They have three daughters together and Sarah writes for and speaks to teens. Visit them at

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