What is the Charlie Charlie Challenge?


By BibleAsk Team

The Charlie Charlie Challenge is new viral social media game where the players invite a demon to answer their questions. The “Charlie Charlie” game is a modern incarnation of a Spanish paper-and-pencil game called Juego de la Lapicera (game of the pens). Originally described on the internet in 2008, the game was popularized in the English-speaking world in 2015, partly through the hashtag #CharlieCharlieChallenge.

On 29 April 2015, an alarmist tabloid television newscast about the game being played in Hato Mayor Province of the Dominican Republic was uploaded to YouTube, and the unintentional humor in the report led to the game trending on Twitter.

The challenge is similar to the Ouija board. Like the Ouija board it is believed to allow spirits of the dead to communicate with the living. The Bible is very clear that the dead don’t communicate with the living but rather demons instead do the communication to deceive the living. The scriptures teach that the dead are sleeping and are unaware of what happens on earth. They are waiting to be awakened from their sleep at the second coming of Christ.

The Bible clearly warns against dabbling with the occult:

“Do not turn to mediums or seek out spiritists, for you will be defiled by them. I am the LORD your God”.

Leviticus 19:31

“Let no one be found among you who sacrifices his son or daughter in the fire, who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens, engages in witchcraft, or casts spells, or who is a medium or spiritist or who consults the dead. Anyone who does these things is detestable to the LORD” (Deuteronomy 18:10-12).

“When men tell you to consult mediums and spiritists, who whisper and mutter, should not a people inquire of their God? Why consult the dead on behalf of the living?” (Isaiah 8:19).

“The acts of the sinful nature are obvious: sexual immorality, impurity and debauchery; idolatry and witchcraft; hatred, discord, jealousy, fits of rage, selfish ambition, dissensions, factions and envy; drunkenness, orgies, and the like. I warn you, as I did before, that those who live like this will not inherit the kingdom of God” (Galatians 5:19-20).

Thus, we can see that he Charlie Charlie Challenge activity is forbidden in the Bible. It is an opening for evil angels to invade our lives. The apostle Peter warns “Your enemy the devil prowls around like a roaring lion looking for someone to devour” (2 Peter 5:8). The Lord loved us unto death (John 3:16) and is very eager to answer all our questions. Therefore, we need to turn to Him for help.

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In His service,
BibleAsk Team

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