Reconsidering Lewis. From the time I wrote my first comment to this message I reconsidered CS Lewis and saw that he was influenced by Liberal teaching, evolutionism, Catholicism, that he was not an evangelical.
Colin K Bell (9/19/2011)
from Fivemiletown, Co Tyrone
Great Sermon! At last! A minister prepared to tell the truth about CS Lewis. May the Lord richly bless you Mr Silversides.Ezekiel 3v17
Thank You Thank You Rev. Silversides for making a highly unpopular statement that needed to be made regarding having a proper perspective of C.S. Lewis and his writings.
And in response to the previous comment, it is not necessary to present a balanced view of anyone who's "bad" teachings and beliefs are on a fundamental level, such as Lewis's denial of biblical inerrancy. When one's errors are of such an essential nature, whatever "good" he may teach is academic at best, or alluring toward damnable heresies at worst, as all teachings or teachers do that mix truth with fatal error.
Florin Motiu (7/21/2009)
from Oradea, Romania
Response to BWS. Anonymous BWS gives me the impression that he read not many book written by C.S. Lewis. Or that he read not them well. It is clear that he knows not how to read, interpret and appreciate Lewis' fiction books. And BWS is not the judge who can say if Lewis was a Christian or not. What if God says Lewis was a saved man, now with the Lord? Does BWS know better than the Lord? By the way, his books, even with the wrong teachings in it, I think show well if Lewis was a Christian or not.
Florin Motiu (7/21/2009)
from Oradea, Romania
Good things and bad things. It is clear that C.S. Lewis has erroneous teachings in his books. At the same time, I think this message is one-sided, it presents only his wrong teachings. Maybe another message with his good and great teachings should bring back a balance. Otherwise, people will think that Lewis was not a Christian or that Evangelicals should not read Lewis. Some comments on this message show this wrong understanding or ignorance. I read many of Lewis' books and I agree that there are things that are not sound orthodoxy in them. At the same time, I recognize him as a Christian and I declare that Evangelicals has many things to learn from him, great insights and seminal ideas. One-sided opinion on Lewis shown ignorance of his works.
Important Message C.S. Lewis could not be a true Christian given the heresies and fictions he has published. Only his popularity and the fact that modern evangelicals have no discernment could cause him to pass for a "Christian". If you want allegory, compare his writings to that of John Bunyan, who was entirely scriptural in Pilgrim's Progess and Holy War. It is idolatry to remake the person or character of God and Christ into the works of one's own animated imagination (even mental instead of "graven" images), which is what he does.
The works of C.S. Lewis should be denounced as mystical fantasy and heresies instead of Christian truth. His works are pure Fiction, NOT "Christian fiction".
Jean-Marc Alter (12/13/2008)
from Swansea UK
Useful sermon An interesting sermon but surely this message should be based on what an evangelical is? If an evangelical is a Calvinist CS Lewis was not one, if an evangelical is someone who believes in God inspired word of Gid as infallible he is no evangelical- if evangelical means someone who trusts in Christ and wants others to be saved by the same Saviour then he could be called an evangelical. CS Lewis was a product of a mixed up group of Anglicans where the intellect was greater than the Word of God- he was a Christian, saved by the same Lord but had some very unusual views in many areas. It is good to remember that we are all to be saved by grace through faith and not by works- intellectual, doctrinal soundness or orthodoxy- lest any man should boast.
from San Diego, California
Great Sermon! I haven't listened to the sermon, but that's because I guessed what it was going to say already. Upon re-reading "The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe" five years ago I could see some BIG red flags - like Adam's FIRST wife not being Eve, but Lilith. And I think in another book, I can't remember which, he makes a reference to people needing to pray on their knees because it reminds us that we are just animals. I haven't had much use for his writings since then; it takes too much work to sort through.
Scott McMahan (11/15/2005)
Interesting and Fair This is a worthwhile and fair look at both sides of C.S. Lewis. People interested in Lewis ought to give this sermon a listen. As a Christian author, Lewis has brilliant moments and also places where he simply doesn't seem to understand the faith he is defending. One good example is total depravity: it's not just that he doesn't believe it, he seems to fundamentally misunderstand it. The speaker here doesn't get into Lewis' Platonic background and now it informed his Arminianistic views, which is probably just as well! But Platonism is a big influence on Lewis, and the reader who is unfamiliar with Plato and can't see through that will be led down some dead-ends. Lewis knew a lot about classical philosophy, but never seemed to study theology in any detail (that I can find any trace of).
A Much Needed Sermon! This excellent summary of C. S. Lewis' compromise is a much needed message in a time when Christians are hearkening more to movies than the preaching of the word of God.