C. S. Lewis: Saint or Enemy
Beware of false prophets, which come to you in sheep's clothing, but inwardly they are ravening wolves. Ye shall know them by their fruits…. Matthew 7:15 & 16
God’s word tells us that we shall know the difference between God’s people and those that appear to be brethren that teach those things which are contrary to the word of God. We have plenty of examples in scripture of those who did:
• 2 Corinthians 2:17 – Paul warned the church of those that would corrupt the word
• Revelation 2:2 the church of Ephesus tried those that said they were apostles and they were found to be liars.
• Revelation 2:20 the church at Thyatira was allowing a woman to teach, who was seducing them.
The key to exposing false doctrine is to check out what they were saying by the word of God like the Bereans in Acts 17 they searched the scriptures concerning the things the apostle Paul preached. God is not a respecter of person so we need to purpose not to be one either when it comes to His word. This now brings us to Clive “Jack” Staples Lewis or C.S. Lewis. The reason he insisted in being called Jack was because that was the name of his dog that died when he was young.
Lewis was born in Belfast, Ireland; baptized an Anglican at St Mark's Dundela, Belfast; and became an atheist in his teens. His education at Oxford was interrupted by World War I, but after recovering from a wound he returned there to continue his studies. The New International Dictionary of the Christian Church states on p. 594, that "Lewis moved slowly from atheism through Yeatsian romanticnism to absolute idealism and finally theism, returning to worship in the Church of England in 1929."
During the war he made a promise to his roommate that if he (Patty Moore) did not come back from the war he would care for his mother and daughter. After the war Mrs. Janie Moore and her daughter lived with Lewis for 30 years. Several authors have written that Lewis had an affair with her and visited her every day when she was in the rest home until she died.
Lewis was a medieval literature scholar and was fascinated with mythology and fantasy from an early age. This explains his tendency toward the occult in his fantasy writings. He was a Fellow of English Language and Literature at Magdalen College, Oxford, In 1955 he was elected Professor of Medieval and Renaissance Literature at Magdalen College, Cambridge.
In I Timothy 4:7 God’s word tells us But refuse profane and old wives' fables, and exercise thyself rather unto godliness. In our generation those who claim to be professing Christians are more interested in novels than we are the word of God.
Again the warning in scripture: Preach the word; be instant in season, out of season; reprove, rebuke, exhort with all long suffering and doctrine. For the time will come when they will not endure sound doctrine; but after their own lusts shall they heap to themselves teachers, having itching ears; And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables. II Timothy 4:2-4
Lewis also had an affair with another woman who was married to another man and eventually divorced her husband and ran back to Lewis were they eventually married only because he thought she was going to die. She was dying with cancer and it went into remission for a season and eventually she died.
Lewis’s health began to fall and declared his belief in Roman Catholicism. He received the sacrament of extreme unction on July, 16th, 1963, On November 22 1963, the same day that President John F. Kennedy was assassinated, C. S. Lewis died C.S. Lewis: A Biography, p.30
Here are a few of the fruits of C. S. Lewis:
In Chapter 9 of Beyond Personality, we find purgatory, the old Catholic escape clause, where man works off his sin debt after death. The author writes as if Jesus were speaking, “Whatever suffering it may cost you in your earthly life, whatever inconceivable purification it may cost you after death, whatever it costs Me, I will never rest, nor let you rest, until you are literally perfect.
This quote in Chapter 11 of Beyond Personality he comes right on the heels of the following quote. “Everyone knows about Evolution (though, of course, some educated people disbelieve it): everyone has been told that man has evolved from lower types of life.” Notice the capitalization of “evolution” in this quote, almost as if it were some theological being.
Lewis mentions a number of other ideas in Mere Christianity that do not agree with Scripture. In Chapter 2 of Right and Wrong as a Clue to the Meaning of the Universe we find, “But surely the reason that we do not execute witches is that we do not believe there are such things. If we did. . .we would all agree that if anyone deserved the death penalty, then these filthy quislings did.” However, God believes in witches because His Word tells us so.
Lewis was a member of a literary group called The Inklings. The following quote is from The Inklings Handbook, a historical/biographical work by a couple of fellows enchanted by the Inklings. “CSL [Lewis], however, argued strongly that the Chronicles of Narnia should not be viewed as an allegory like Bunyan’s Pilgrim’s Progress, though he acknowledged the intentional parallels between the main features of Christian teaching and the Chronicles, not least in the unambigously supernatural Christ-symbol, Aslan the Lion.”
Again from The Inklings Handbook—“The earliest hints of Narnia come very early in CSL’s life, long before he became a Christian; the common assumption that he wrote the whole series as an extended allegory of the Christian faith, with a strong evangelistic motive, is one that CSL always denied and which is not borne out by the facts.”
It is truly baffling that any real Christian should think that Lewis was an example of a Christian that one would promote. It seems that most have only heard the advertising rhetoric, but few have taken the time to read the works that expose his personal views or biographical works chronicling his habits.
He believed the Genesis account came from pagan myth. "I have therefore no difficulty accepting, say, the view of those scholars who tell us that the account of Creation in Genesis is derived from earlier Semitic stories which were Pagan and mythical." (p.110) Reflections of the Psalms
He did not believe that faith in Jesus Christ was all that was necessary for salvation. We see this demonstrated in the way he died.
He believed in Limbo as a place (neither heaven nor hell) of temporary punishment.
He believed that church sacraments are part of salvation (Mere Christianity, Screwtape Letters).
He believed that pagans may belong to Christ without knowing it (Mere Christianity).
His outlook on death was not that of a Christian. This from C. S. Lewis, A Biography: “Like many (most?) religious people, Lewis was profoundly afraid of death. His dread of it, when in the midst of life, had been almost pathological and obsessive. Physical extinction was a perpetual nightmare to him and, whatever his theological convictions and hopes, he was unable, before his wife’s death, to reconcile himself to the transition which death must inevitably entail.”
Lewis was a heavy drinker and smoked some 60 cigarettes a day between his pipe smoking and made fun of those who did not. This is not to say he was or was not saved, but his personal life was not one I would encourage people to be influenced by. I was a smoker when I received Christ and some 6 months later I realized smoking was destroying my testimony and by the grace of God I was delivered of that nasty habit.
This final quote should open any one’s eyes concerning C. S. Lewis.
"Say what you like," we shall be told, "the apocalyptic beliefs of the first Christians have been proved to be false. It is clear from the New Testament that they all expected the Second Coming in their own lifetime. And, worse still, they had a reason, and one which you will find very embarrassing. Their Master had told them so. He shared, and indeed created, their delusion. He said in so many words, 'this generation shall not pass till all these things be done.' And he was wrong. He clearly knew no more about the end of the world than anyone else." The World's Last Night (1960), found in The Essential C.S. Lewis, p. 385
These are just a few of the many signs that C.S. Lewis was an example of the Gnostics of the First century that tried to blend the philosophies of the world with God’s and when the two conflicted God’s word was left out.
Don’t be like Lewis who left this world, really not knowing, where he stood concerning God and salvation. Let us help you settle this by asking you this question…
How does anyone get to heaven?
First realize that they cannot get to heaven on their own merits. The Bible says that “For all have sinned and come short (that means everybody can’t get to Heaven on their own) of the glory of God” (Romans 3:23)
Jesus Christ (who is the Son of the living God) came to earth and was born of a virgin woman (therefore he was not born of the curse of mankind) he lived a sinless life and died on a cross for all the sins in the world. Three days later, God the Father raised Him from the dead. He was seen of 500 witnesses and returned to heaven. God’s word says that if we believe these things and call upon the Lord, we will be saved. Romans 10:9 - 13