The Charlie Charlie Challenge

The Fringe Files: topics that are edgy and out of this world. There’s a new trend among young folks. Actually, it’s not new at all. It’s as old as time itself. And it’s just as dangerous as it’s always been. Since Halloween happens in October, I feel led to address the dangers of interacting with demons in the spirit realm. Walk in any bookstore or library and in the teen section you’ll find shelves overflowing with books dealing with the paranormal. And it’s not just the Teen or Young Adult/Adult bookshelves anymore. These books are abundant for all age groups. Kids and teens are hungry for the supernatural. Unfortunately, to satiate their appetites for the paranormal,¬†they’re drawn into dangerous realms that God very much wants to protect them from. Middle Grades stories about spells Middle grades stories about supernatural powers Middle Grades books confusing good and evil Middle Grades books — dark secrets Ghouls and Goblins Middle Grades and Teens Faeries — I’ll be writing more about these in future Fringe Files From The Descendants Series — Extremely Popular series with Middle Grades According to the Barna Research Group, 73% of teens admit to participating in some kind of psychic or witchcraft activity. And: “…seven million teens have encountered an angel, demon, or some other supernatural being. More than two million teens say they have communicated with a dead person (10%). Nearly two million youth claim they have psychic powers.” — David Kinnaman, author of the Barna Group report Young people (and people in general) are exposed to more supernatural hype and temptation than ever before via technology and media. One click and they can participate in a seance, cast a spell, watch a paranormal movie. These things shape their belief systems. They feed the yearning they have (and don’t recognize) for intimacy with God. The spiritual vacuum in all of us longs to be filled. We know instinctively that there is more than what we experience in this world. From the beginning of time, though, the enemy–Satan–has known this, and has exploited our longing by offering cheap counterfeit experiences. (I’m going to be writing more about the history of demons, giants and so forth in coming weeks. Stay tuned.) One popular activity these days is a a so-called game going viral via social media (twitter, YouTube, et. al.) called the Charlie Charlie Challenge. In this game, kids make a spinner out of two pencils then write “yes” and “no” on four quadrants of a paper. They ask if a demon named Charlie would like to play and wait for the pencils to move in an answer. It works similar to a Ouija board. They film themselves doing this...

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