Have you heard about the latest social media craze? Over the last few days, teens have been posting to Twitter about a “game” called “Charlie, Charlie Challenge.” It is reported that it is a mix of “Bloody Mary” and a Ouija Board where participants contact a Mexican demon called “Charlie.”
If you haven’t, check out this article or search Google to find out more.
Have you considered talking to your children about why they shouldn’t participate in games like this?
“For we do not wrestle against flesh and blood, but against the rulers,
against the authorities, against the cosmic powers over this present darkness,
against the spiritual forces of evil in the heavenly places.”
– Ephesians 6:12
“Charlie, Charlie Challenge” isn’t the first game to introduce children to the spiritual forces of evil. You may have had experiences in childhood with “Bloody Mary,” Ouija board or even levitating people. I did. The hairs on the back of my neck still stand on edge when I remember those times – all the way back to when I was in first grade.
When I think back to those experiences, I wonder how I would have responded if my parents had talked to me about the dangers of participating in activities like “Bloody Mary” and others. Most parents, maybe even you, struggle to know how to talk to their children about the spirit world. The Bible gives truths we can teach our children that can give them the confidence to walk away from such events.
5 Truths to Teach Your Children
1. Satan and his demons are real. Satan was originally known as Lucifer. Isaiah 14 tells us how he was cast out of heaven for wanting to be God. When he was cast out, those angels who were with him in rebelling against God were also thrown out of heaven.
Satan has led the rebellion against God and his ways, but he does so subtly and in ways that most of us do not easily recognize. Our children need to know that just as he deceived Eve into thinking it would be okay to eat the forbidden fruit Satan will deceive them into believing that games like “Charlie, Charlie Challenge” are innocent and have no consequences.
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls
around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.”
– 1 Peter 5:8
2. Satan and the demons have influence over the souls and bodies of men. There are countless accounts of Satan or his demons “entering” into the souls or bodies of men. These demons caused men to do and say things they would not normally do. Judas Iscariot is one of those in whom Satan entered. (Luke 12:3) Judas, one of the disciples, betrayed Jesus by telling the officials where Jesus was so they could arrest Jesus. Judas later killed himself when he realized what he had done.
For Jesus had commanded the impure spirit to come out of the man.
Many times it had seized him, and though he was chained hand and foot and kept under guard,
he had broken his chains and had been driven by the demon into solitary places.
– Luke 8:29
Our children have not lived enough life to see the effects of the Enemy of God. People today are still influenced by Satan, his demons and the schemes they put in place which keep us from believing and trusting in God fully. Children need to know that when they participate in games like “Charlie, Charlie Challenge” they are giving the demons a doorway to influence them to rebel against God and His ways.
3. Only God knows all things. Remember earlier we said that Satan wanted to be God. He wants to have control over all things, but he doesn’t. God created Satan. Satan and the demons cannot know what God knows. Only God knows all things.
Games like “Charlie, Charlie Challenge”, asking a Ouija board questions, reading a horoscope or seeking advice from a fortune-teller go against God’s ways. In fact, Leviticus 19:31 says,
“Do not turn to mediums or spiritists; do not seek them out to be defiled by them.
I am the Lord your God.”
Our children need to know that we should ask God for the answers to our questions. He knows the answers. The demons will only continue to lie to us to keep us from following God.
4. God desires for us to focus our minds on Him. Throughout the Bible we read how God desires the worship of His people. God wants for us to love and seek Him in all things at all times. He was very clear in the Ten Commandments that He alone is to be worshiped. We are to have no other gods before Him. We cannot serve two masters. 1 Corinthians tells us that we cannot seek God and demons.
“…I do not want you to be participants with demons.
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.”
– 1 Corinthians 10:20-21
Our children need to know that when we participate in activities like “Charlie, Charlie Challenge” we are submitting ourselves to demons. We cannot wholeheartedly seek God and be involved in “games” that encounter the spirit realms.
5. God is all-powerful. Satan wants us to believe that he has the same power that God has, but that is not true. Satan and his demons only have power that God allows. God has only allowed Satan to have dominion over the earth for a short time. Satan will spend eternity in hell – separated from God.
And the angels who did not stay within their own position of authority,
but left their proper dwelling, he has kept in eternal chains
under gloomy darkness until the judgment of the great day…
serve as an example by undergoing a punishment of eternal fire.
Our children need to know that God’s way is the best way. Games like “Charlie, Charlie Challenge” may be fun in the moment, but if it opens the door to our hearts for the demons to influence us to rebel against God, then we too may be separated from God eternally.
God desires for us as parents to guide our children in understanding who He is and how the world works. Take a few minutes this week and ask your child or teenager if they have experienced “Charlie, Charlie Challenge” or if they have heard their friends talking about it. Be intentional to talk to your child about what God’s word says and how they can talk to their friends about why they won’t participate in it. Then leave the rest up to God.
What truth will you teach your child this week?
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