Roxburgh Park Community Church

Roxburgh Park Community Church

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(Affiliated with Churches of Christ in Vic.- Tas.) Our church is located on the northern fringes of suburban Melbourne, Australia - one of the world's most liveable cities. We are a vibrant multi-cultural church with more than twenty nationalities represented.

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The Charlie Charlie Phenomenon & the Normalisation of New Age Practices.

Posted on June 3, 2015 at 7:50 PM

I have become aware that there is a new game-craze sweeping across the schools of Australia. It is called Charlie-Charlie – and it is very, very dangerous. It’s demonic. There is nothing new under the sun according to Ecclesiastes. Indeed, Charlie-Charlie is nothing new – it is a revision of the ancient séance ‘game’ that keeps coming and going. But Charlie-Charlie requires no Ouija Board – just two pencils and a sheet of paper. It is every bit as dangerous as using a full on séance kit. Charlie-Charlie is a Mexican demon and the so-called ‘game’ of Charlie-Charlie summons that demon. Any mature Christian knows that when summoned no demon hesitates to respond and seek an opportunity to gain a foothold. When demons are invited they always accept the invitation – and they are, thereafter, very difficult to get rid of without specific prayer ministry. Opening yourself up to demonic activity opens a window of possibilities which is not easily closed again. Parents, please, be warned! This social media ‘game’ is proliferating in Melbourne with almost every school reporting that students are engaging in it. It is rife in Broadmeadows, Craigieburn, Wallan and Seymour. Impressionable young people are encouraged to engage in summoning demons. There is nothing harmless or innocent about this. No one ‘plays’ with demons unscathed. Tell your children NOT to participate and encourage others to avoid participation as well. Furthermore, go and see your local school’s principal and request that this game be banned. Ensure that your kids erase any references to Charlie-Charlie on all social media platforms (Facebook, Twitter etc.) in order to avoid being tempted to play the game or even listen to accounts of it being described. The current Charlie-Charlie craze highlights the pervasive nature of witchcraft and occult practices that are often re-cloaked or repackaged and presented as something new, fun and harmless. Many ancient witchcraft and occult practices have been re-invented and represented in the last 30 years. Parents need to be ever vigilant concerning the intrusion of occult ‘games’ and practices into the home. This can happen in various ways, of course, through certain television and video games as well as crazes that target young children such as, My Little Pony and other things. The advent of the internet has seen the very swift proliferation of all kinds of dangerous pursuits in recent years. However, there has arisen lately in the Wallan-Kilmore area are new concern of which parents need to be very concerned and, as I have said above, ever vigilant. Let me cite two examples from the last month: recently at a Primary School in our area a teacher showed her students a pendulum and how it worked saying, “It is really cool” and so on. For those of you who do not know, a pendulum is used for divining purposes to predict the future or the outcome of a pregnancy and a range of other things. It is witchcraft – and a teacher was demonstrating this to her students in class time. Fortunately, a parent complained to the principal and the teacher concerned was censured. Another example of this mixture of education and inappropriate and dangerous spiritual practices concerns students at a private religious school in the area where they are taught chakra ‘praying’ or ‘chanting’. To briefly explain, the Sanskrit word Chakra literally translates to wheel or disk. In yoga, meditation, and Ayurveda, this term refers to wheels of energy throughout the body. There are said to be seven main chakras, which align the spine, starting from the base of the spine through to the crown of the head. Chakra is the chanting and meditating to properly align these energies, however, it too, is witchcraft. In fact, any kind of chanting, praying or meditation that seeks to tap into the “energies of the universe” (or anything else) is actually tapping into the spiritual dimension and is, therefore, very dangerous. The same goes for the use of crystals that are claimed to “align” energies and a whole raft of other things. As a pastor, I regard these as contact items for occult practices, or accursed objects as the Bible calls them. There are other accounts that have come to me recently where people undergoing massage therapy have experienced profound spiritual disturbance. One woman told me of this and then demanded of the masseuse what she was really doing. The masseuse replied that she was conducting a reiki session. The woman, a devout believer, expressed her outrage that this could be done without her consent and the masseuse was simply dumbfounded saying that she was only trying to do good. The good thing was that the woman’s spiritual discernment quickly picked up on this. How many other Christians would have even noticed? The New Age and the occult is now so pervasive that in many ways it is considered normal and, because of this, it has seeped into many areas of life – even classrooms in Primary Schools and HR departments in large corporations. May I encourage parents, especially, to be ever vigilant and to know what is going on in the lives of their children; and for everyone to become more and more sensitive to the Holy Spirit and what he is saying? Our ever-growing sensitivity to him and our dwelling in the Word of God helps us to discern spiritual realities quickly and with accuracy. Friends, this is a crucial time in our community where Satan’s forces are on the march to gain strategic footholds in our society. I am not an alarmist – not at all and never have been. But I have seen firsthand what demonic affliction does to people and how dangerously bound people can become by dabbling (even just once) in what is portrayed as harmless fun. It isn’t. Ps Milton Oliver

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