The majority of the people reading this blog post are Christians who love, read, and are in full support of both Lewis and His works. I understand he is held in high regard, especially in the theology/allegory circle, but I would like to remind people of two things before I go further:
1. Just because something is popular, or is supposedly good, doesn’t mean it’s truly pure.
2. In 2 Corinthians 11:13-15 Paul said: “For such people are false apostles, deceitful workers, disguising themselves as apostles of Christ. And no wonder! For satan disguises himself as an angel of light. So it is no great thing if his servants also disguise themselves as servants of righteousness. Their destiny will be according to their works.” HCSB
That being said, I will continue this post.
First off, some background on Clive Staples Lewis:
- He was born in 1898 and died in 1963, and he claimed to have been converted to Christianity in 1931.
- Clive was a member of the Apostate Church of England. (check out why Apostasy is evil in this article.)
- He was the author of 40+ books including children’s stories, novels, poems, short stories, etc.
- From 1954 to his death, he was a professor of Medieval and Renaissance English at Cambridge University.
- Christianity Today explained why they loved Lewis as this (among other reasons):
“Lewis’ concentration on the main doctrines the church coincided with evangelicals, concerned to avoid ecclesiastical separatism.”
Lewis was big on everybody coming together as one big, happy, apostate family.
Lewis was a heretic and the Bible preaches against heresy.
2 Timothy 4:3-4:
3 For the time will come when they will not tolerate sound doctrine, but according to their own desires, will multiply teachers for themselves because they have an itch to hear something new.[a] 4 They will turn away from hearing the truth and will turn aside to myths. HCSB
According to Google: A heretic: a person believing in or practicing religious heresy.
Synonyms for a heretic are: nonconformist, freethinker, agnostic, atheist, pagan, heathen, idolater, non believer or APOSTATE.
The Greek origin literally means “able to choose”.
Hmmm..He was free to think whatever he wanted, because he wasn’t tied down to any certain religion or belief system telling him otherwise.
Why are all these denominations and religions that proclaim the unity bad or negative? Didn’t Jesus want to unite the world? No, He didn’t. In fact, in Matthew 10:34 Jesus says, “Don’t assume I came to bring peace on the earth. I did not come to bring peace, but a sword.” HCSB We’re SUPPOSED to be biblically separate from the world.
On another, much more evil note, Lewis was a professor at Oxford University in England where he was supposedly converted to “Christianity” by another Oxford professor named J.R.R. Tolkien. Tolkien and Lewis would often sit together at a local pub or tavern and converse about their beliefs in the creatures and the activities of the middle earth, a strange realm of a little people and magical powers. Tolkien often referred to Lewis as a “reluctant Christian.” Tolkien, though, was a Roman Catholic in doctrine and found his religion to be perfectly compatible with magic and the world of hobbits and elves.
If you are unfamiliar with the first book, The Lion, The Witch, and The Wardrobe, it is about an ordinary girl named Lucy, who gets transported into another world, in which she meets a faun….Though, it’s not as innocent as it may seem. In witchcraft and ancient Roman pagan mythology, a faun is any of a group of rural deities, which have the bodies of men and the horns, ears, tails, and legs of a goat. The Roman god Faunus was also the god of nature and fertility and was connected to sexual lust.
Consider this text, copy and pasted from http://www.lasttrumpetministries.org/tracts/narnia_chronicles.html
(which I highly encourage you to read yourself.)
“The crowd and dance round Aslan (for it had become a dance once more) grew so thick and rapid that Lucy was confused. She never saw where certain other people came from who were soon capering among the trees. One was a youth, dressed only in a fawn skin, with vine leaves wreathed in his curly hair. His face would have been almost too pretty for a boy’s, if it had not looked so extremely wild. You felt, as Edmund said when he saw him a few days later, ‘There’s a chap who might do anything, absolutely anything.’ He seemed to have a great many names – Bromios, Bassareus, and the Ram were three of them. There were a lot of girls with him, as wild as he. There was even, unexpectedly, someone on a donkey. And everybody was laughing: and everyone was shouting out, ‘EUAN, EUAN, EU-oi-oi-oi.’” -Excerpt from Chronicles of Narnia-
Those strange words EUAN, EUAN, EU-oi-oi-oi are an ancient witches’ chant used to invoke the power and presence of the god of drunkenness and addiction, who is named Bacchus. But wait, as the story goes on, it gets worse as the witchcraft increases and becomes more obvious. Consider the following:
“‘What is it Aslan?’ said Lucy, her eyes dancing and her feet wanting to dance. ‘Come children’, said he. ‘Ride on my back today.’ ‘Oh lovely!’ cried Lucy, and both girls climbed on to the warm golden back as they had done no one knew how many years before. Then the whole party moved off – Aslan leading. Bacchus and his Maenads leaping, rushing and turning somersaults, the beasts brushing round them, and Silenus and his donkey bringing up the rear… Then three or four Red Dwarfs came forward with their tinder boxes and set light to the pile, which first crackled, and then blazed, and finally roared as a woodland bonfire on midsummer night ought to do. And every-one sat down in a wide circle around it. Then Bacchus and Silenus and the Maenads began a dance, far wilder than the dance of the trees, not merely a dance for fun and beauty (though it was that too), but a magic dance of plenty, and where their hands touched, and where their feet fell, the feast came into existence. Sides of roasted meat that filled the grove with delicious smell, and wheaten cakes and oaten cakes…” -Excerpt from Chronicles Of Narnia-
The above is clearly a description of a witches’ sabat of Midsummer or the Summer Solstice, and it is described as such in perfect detail. Certainly by now enough is known to denounce this work as satanic and antichrist.
Was Clive Staples Lewis a Christian or a blasphemer? In his book The World’s Last Night and Other Essays on pages 98-99, Lewis said, “Assuredly, I say to you, this generation will by no means pass away till all these things take place… certainly the most embarrassing verse in the Bible.The one exhibition of error and the one confession of ignorance grow side by side. That they stood thus in the mouth of Jesus himself and were not merely placed thus by the reporter, we surely need not doubt… The facts, then, are these: that Jesus professed himself (in some sense) ignorant, and within a moment showed that he really was so.”
Lewis also said in Reflections on the Psalms, page 129, “… as I believe, Christ… fulfilled both paganism and Judaism.” Lewis was also quoted in a biography as follows: “I had some ado to prevent joy and myself from relapsing into paganism in Attica! At Daphni it was hard not to pray to Apollo the Healer. But somehow one didn’t feel it would have been very wrong – would have only been addressing Christ sub-species Apollinis.”
Definitely leaves no room for excuses, I’d say.
C.S. Lewis’ works were not only influenced by witchcraft and the occult, but also blatant blaspheme! Anyone who calls Jesus ignorant and says, “and within a moment showed that he really was so” should not just be balked at, but that man should no longer be set on a pedestal for Christian apologetics and theology!
C.S. Lewis not only infiltrates adults and teenagers minds, but children as well!
One thing that worries me, is that before I cut Narnia from my reading material, I used to get a prick at my conscience asking me if it was okay…And boy, would I go back and forth with what I knew was right in my heart, and what the world was telling me was right…Cause, after all, he’s a Christian….(?) Or so I’ve been told. All through this tossing and turning I would make a lousy attempt at convincing myself that it was okay…Have you ever told yourself the dreaded statement: “It’s good magic” or “it’s okay magic”? Let me tell ya, people, no form of magic, divination or occult practices whatsoever can pass off as being GOOD.
REMEMBER: 9 “When you enter the land the Lord your God is giving you, do not imitate the detestable customs of those nations. 10 No one among you is to make his son or daughter pass through the fire,[a] practice divination, tell fortunes, interpret omens, practice sorcery, 11 cast spells, consult a medium or a familiar spirit, or inquire of the dead. 12 Everyone who does these things is detestable to the Lord, and the Lord your God is driving out the nations before you because of these detestable things. 13 You must be blameless before the Lord your God. -Deuteronomy 18:9-13 HCSB
If this isn’t bad enough, I also found out that Lewis had an undeniably creepy lustful desire for all things occult. Don’t believe me? Check out the following article from: http://www.bereanpublishers.com/trouble-in-narnia-the-occult-side-of-c-s-lewis/
In his autobiography (Surprised by Joy), Lewis tells how at age 13 he abandoned his Anglican faith due to the influence of a school mistress who was involved with Theosophy, Rosicrucianism, Spiritualism; the whole Anglo-American Occultist tradition. And Lewis developed a lust for the occult that remained with him even after he returned to Anglicanism. He said,
“And that started in me something with which, on and off, I have had plenty of trouble since–the desire for the preternatural, simply as such, the passion for the Occult. Not everyone has this disease; those who have will know what I mean. I once tried to describe it in a novel. It is a spiritual lust; and like the lust of the body it has the fatal power of making everything else in the world seem uninteresting while it lasts. “
(Surprised by Joy, New York: Harcourt Brace, 1955, pages 58-60.)
In my opinion, we should never miss an opportunity to minister to someone like this, and even be their friend, but to put this man up on a spiritual pedestal….Is dangerous for the church! Satan is easily slipping his way into the purest of families because he disguises himself as a servant of righteousness!!! We must quit this cycle of giving into Satan’s lies and start thinking for ourselves! Just because the “Christian culture” accepts it, doesn’t mean our Bible does!
Following excerpt from http://www.bereanpublishers.com/trouble-in-narnia-the-occult-side-of-c-s-lewis/
Lewis said that he described that lust for the occult in a novel. It occurs in the third book of his science fiction trilogy. A character named is in the process of being initiated into an inner ring of scientists who are occultists. They worship demons, which they call macrobes (huge, powerful invisible things, as opposed to microbes, which are tiny invisible things).
”Here, here surely at last (so his desire whispered to him) was the true inner circle of all, the circle whose centre was outside the human race–the ultimate secret, the supreme power, the last initiation. The fact that it was almost completely horrible did not in the least diminish its attraction.”
-(C. S. Lewis, That Hideous Strength: A Modern Fairy‑Tale for Grown‑Ups, New York: Collier Books, Macmillan Publishing Company, 1946, pp. 259‑260.
“These creatures [demons]… breathed death on the human race and on all joy. Not despite this but because of this, the terrible gravitation sucked and tugged and fascinated him towards them. Never before had he known the fruitful strength of the movement opposite to Nature which now had him in its grip; the impulse to reverse all reluctances and to draw every circle anti-clockwise.”
-(That Hideous Strength, p. 269.)
Note that Lewis said that he had trouble with that lust for the occult ever since his encounter with the Matron in his boys school. He wrote that statement in 1955. By then, he had written all but three of his books. (The Four Loves, Reflections on the Psalms, and A Grief Observed).
And one of C.S. Lewis’ best “influences” or role models was a former universalist turned Christian…And get this-he dragged his old beliefs and meshed them right along with Christianity! What? Read this:
Following excerpt from http://www.bereanpublishers.com/trouble-in-narnia-the-occult-side-of-c-s-lewis/
Lewis said that he was strongly influenced by George MacDonald, who was a universalist. MacDonalds book Lilith is based on an occult teaching that Adam was married to a demon named Lilith before he married Eve. By the end of MacDonalds book, Lilith is redeemed, and Adam says that even the devil will eventually be redeemed.
This universalism shows up in some of Lewis fiction books. In The Great Divorce, Lewis is in Heaven. He speaks with George MacDonald and asks him about universalism, and MacDonald answers that Lewis cannot understand such things now. In the last of the Narnia books (The Last Battle), a pagan makes it to Heaven (Aslans Land) because of his good works and his good motives, in spite of the fact that he did not believe in Aslan and he worshipped Aslans enemy, a false god named Tash.
Lilith shows up in The Lion, the Witch and the Wardrobe. Mr. Beaver tells the children that the White Witch is descended from Lilith, who is the first wife of Adam. This could cause confusion, especially for children. Although Mr. Beaver is a fictional character, he is speaking authoritatively about the real world–the real Adam and Eve of the Bible.
If that isn’t straight blaspheme, I don’t know what it is. On top of that, listen to this:
Following excerpt from: http://www.bereanpublishers.com/trouble-in-narnia-the-occult-side-of-c-s-lewis/i8′-
Lewis spoke very highly of Charles Williams and his books, so I read all of his books. They are novels that mix darkness and occultism with some insights about Christianity. In The Greater Trumps, the hero is a saintly woman who saves the day by doing magic with Tarot cards.
Williams was as much a mixture as his books were. He started out as a serious occultist. He believed Theosophy and other occult teachings, and he joined the Golden Dawn, a group that practices sex magick, which is ritual sex that is done for the purpose of getting occult power. (The notorious Satanist, Aleister Crowley, was a member of the Golden Dawn.) Williams left the Golden Dawn and joined the Anglican church, but he kept some of his Theosophical beliefs.
Lewis also had a close friend named Owen Barfield. He dedicated the Narnia books to him and named Lucy after Barfields daughter. Barfield was a philosopher who started out with Theosophy and developed his own version of it.
According to Theosophy, the God of the Bible is a tyrant, and Lucifer (the devil) came to rescue mankind from him. Even this dark view of God shows up in C.S. Lewis writings.
After his wife Joy died, Lewis wrote A Grief Observed, a book describing his thoughts and emotional struggles as a result of her death. The dark Theosophical view of God shows up in this book, as shown in the following quotations.
Supposing the truth were God always vivisects? (C.S. Lewis, A Grief Observed, New York: Bantam Books, The Seabury Press, 1963, p. 33)
Is it rational to believe in a bad God? Anyway, in a God so bad as all that? The Cosmic Sadist, the spiteful imbecile? (A Grief Observed, p. 35)
Lewis didnt stay there. He vascillated between despair and hope. But in his moments of agony and despair, the Theosophical view of God came back to haunt him.
There is another problem with C.S. Lewis. I read all of his books, and I do not recall any place where he treated Scripture as being authoritative. He may have done it, but if he did, it was not done often enough, or clearly enough, or strongly enough, to stand out in my memory. Lewis theology seems to be based primarily on human reasoning (including evolution and Freudian psychology). Some people have called him a Christian humanist.
With all this being said, I did not know the man, but I can see the fruits of his books: he was NOT truly Christian in the true sense of the word. I cannot account for his being saved, but as for being Christ-like and adhereing to the fundamental doctrines and prinicples of what sets Christianity apart, I give this guy a loud NO.
Matthew 10:26-27: “Therefore, don’t be afraid of them, since there is nothing covered that won’t be uncovered and nothing hidden that won’t be made known. What I tell you in the dark, speak in the light. What you hear in a whisper, proclaim on the housetops.” HCSB
~By His Grace,
2 part for C.S. Lewis (EXPOSED) coming soon!!!!