The Charlie Charlie Challenge: Conjuring Demons Goes Viral
“Take no part in the unfruitful works of darkness, but instead expose them.” Ephesians 5:11
If you spend any time on social media, especially Twitter, you might have happened upon a viral hashtag called #CharlieCharlieChallenge. This craze has taken hold of the Twitterverse and the movement seems to be growing. So what is the #CharlieCharlieChallenge?
As with most internet memes, the actual origins of the challenge are hazy and the backstory is dubious. But the claim is that Charlie Charlie is a old Mexican tradition that draws inspiration from the Ouija board. The challenge is simple. You take a piece of paper, put two pencils in the shape of a cross at the center of the paper, then write the words “yes” and “no” in the corners of the page. The participant then says “Charlie, Charlie are you here”… which is meant to summon a demon named Charlie. Yes – this is a demon summoning challenge.
If the pencil moves, you then know that Charlie is present and you can proceed to ask him any kind of “yes and no” questions you might have. It is being claimed that this demon is very strict about rules and politeness and that you cannot finish the challenge without chanting “Charlie, Charlie can we stop”, thereby asking permission to close the connection. Failure to do this reportedly leaves a portal open whereby Charlie and his minions can enter your home for good, wreaking havoc.
Now, what is likely true is that someone made this story up in an effort to try to start a movement. What is also true is that the back-story doesn’t really matter. Any attempt to contact the demonic realm opens one up to very real entities. Not unlike the Slenderman phenomenon, we now have people all over the world focusing on a demonic internet meme, creating what Buddhists refer to as a Tulpa… or a thought form made manifest, which incidentally is the subject of a forthcoming book that I’m working on. While I do not adhere to Buddhist beliefs, I do believe that there is something very real about the demonic realm exploiting the things that we as a culture are focusing our intent upon. A fictional character can become quite real through the process of conjuring and summoning of any demonic entity.
One need only search the #CharlieCharlieChallenge hashtag on Twitter to see how much of a sensation this diabolical meme has become. While many if not most people have treated it as a joke, asking it silly questions about boy bands and booze…. the point is that people are participating. And those of us with a Supernatural and Biblical worldview should all be aware that anything that encourages the participant to attempt access to a demon is in reality NOT a game, regardless of the seriousness with which the person involved has approached the activity.
People all over the net are uploading videos and Vines of their Charlie Charlie experiences. Most of them are meant to be funny, some are clear hoaxes, but some are a bit disturbing:
So, for those of you who have young people in your home, this would probably be a good time to have a discussion with them about the dangers of participating in this type of activity. It is not a joke. It is not a game.
“Put on the whole armor of God, that you may be able to stand against the schemes of the devil. 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 6:11-12
“Be sober-minded; be watchful. Your adversary the devil prowls around like a roaring lion, seeking someone to devour.” 1 Peter 5:8