As the "Charlie Charlie Challenge" continues to fascinate the minds and souls of more and more teens via uploaded social media videos, Billy Graham warns America of the dangers of inviting evil spirits to get answers.
The iconic world evangelist and founder of the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association (BGEA) is concerned about the growing trend sweeping America, fearing that Satan is getting traction with youth via this supernatural phenomenon where youth call upon demons to summon affirmative or negative responses to pressing questions.
"The trend involves putting two pencils in a cross position on top of a sheet of paper with 'yes' and 'no' written on it," BGEA reports. "In an effort to 'summon' a Mexican demon said to be named Charlie, participants then say, 'Charlie, Charlie, are you here?' and wait for the pencils to move."
Even though Charlie Charlie may seem to many like a new attack from the enemy on America's youth, Graham reminds parents that Satan is up to his same old tricks, as everything from cultish films to board games introduce teens to various nuances of contacting demonic spirits.
"Curiosity about ghosts and demonic spirits is no new phenomenon," Graham's BGEA reminds Americans. "From horror movies like Candy Man to Ouija boards and the folklore legend of Bloody Mary — generations have experimented with occult practices and it doesn't seem to be stopping anytime soon."
Taking demonic threats seriously
To help parents and other concerned Americans better understand whether youth dabbling with Charlie Charlie and other such demonic spiritual encounters amount to people playing with fire and ushering in Satan's wrath into one's life, Billy Graham explores the topic further.
"You aren't being narrow-minded to worry about the issue," Graham asserts in an opinion piece on Charisma News. "[Y]ou are wise to protect your children from anything that might bring them into contact with occult spiritual forces that do not come from God, and are even opposed to God."
With much skepticism about the supernatural abounding today in a society that is increasingly embracing the naturalism derived from the teaching of evolution, Graham isn't alarmed that many discount the Charlie Charlie phenomenon as just the latest harmless fad.
"I realize not everyone will agree with this; many today dismiss the reality of occult forces that may wish us harm," he continues. "But the Bible takes the occult and the demonic very seriously, including any attempt on our part to reach out to occult spiritual forces that promise to predict the future or give us supernatural advice."
In his comments, the 96-year-old Graham points to specific scripture to warn parents and teens alike that messing around with demonic spirits is no joke.
"One of the most tragic men in the Bible was King Saul, who as an old man, turned away from God and sought advice instead from occult powers (see 1 Sam. 28)," Graham contends. "The Bible warns, 'Let no one be found among you ... who practices divination or sorcery, interprets omens ... or who consults the dead" (Deut. 18:10-11)."
Graham takes it a step further and incites parents to steer their children clear from any entertainment or recreational hobbies and past times that encourages ungodly behavior.
"Instead, encourage your children to participate in wholesome games and activities, and not to get involved in things that might influence them in a wrong way," the evangelist advises parents. "I believe this includes games and programs that glorify violence and killing."
Graham further exhorts parents to take preventative measures with their children so that they will not be enticed to dabble into Satan's realm when introduced to various forms of "harmless" or "fun" spiritual forms entertainment.
"In addition, pray for them, and take time to read the Bible with them; your local Christian bookstore can suggest a good children's Bible storybook," Graham suggests to moms and dads. "Most of all, make Christ the center of your life and your family, and ask Him to help you and your spouse become examples to them of Christ's goodness and love."