Compiled and Written by David J. Stewart

       J.K. Rowling (author of the demonic Harry Potter witchcraft series) has said that C.S. Lewis (1898-1963) is one of her two favorite authors (the other being Jane Austen). It should come as NO surprise to Christ-honoring Christians that C.S. Lewis was an unbelieving heretic... 

"Clive Staples Lewis was anything but a classic evangelical, socially or theologically. He smoked cigarettes and a pipe, and he regularly visited pubs to drink beer with friends. Though he shared basic Christian beliefs with evangelicals, he didn't subscribe to biblical inerrancy or penal substitution. He believed in purgatory and baptismal regeneration. How did someone with such a checkered pedigree come to be a theological Elvis Presley, adored by evangelicals?"

SOURCE: Christianity Today, C.S. Lewis Superstar, by Bob Smietana (December 2005, Vol. 49, No. 12, Page 28).

In the June 1998 issue of Christianity Today, Millet, dean of Brigham Young University, is quoted as saying that C.S. Lewis "is so well received by Latter-day Saints [Mormons] because of his broad and inclusive vision of Christianity" (John W. Kennedy, "Southern Baptists Take Up the Mormon Challenge," Christianity Today, 6/15/98, page 30).

In his book, MERE CHRISTIANITY, C.S. Lewis claims that Christ-rejecting Buddhists are really saved because they gravitate toward the commonly shared virtues of Christianity and Buddhism. Lewis even makes the bizarre claim that Buddhists can be saved WITHOUT knowing it...

“There are people who do not accept the full Christian doctrine about Christ but who are so strongly attracted by Him that they are His in a much deeper sense than they themselves understand. There are people in other religions who are being led by God’s secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it. For example, a Buddhist of good will may be led to concentrate more and more on the Buddhist teaching about mercy and to leave in the background (though he might still say he believed) the Buddhist teaching on certain other points. Many of the good Pagans long before Christ’s birth may have been in this position.”

SOURCE: C.S. Lewis, Mere Christianity, (New York, Macmillian Publishing Company, 1960), pp. 176-177.

In another place, Lewis foolishly says this:

“I think that every prayer which is sincerely made even to a false god or to a very imperfectly conceived true God, is accepted by the true God and that Christ saves many who do not think they know Him.”

SOURCE: C.S. Lewis, Letters of C. S. Lewis, (New York, Harper and Row, 2001), p. 428.

Shockingly, Lewis says:

“as I believe, Christ, fulfills both Paganism and Judaism.”

SOURCE: C.S. Lewis, Reflections On The Psalms, (New York, Mariner Books 1964), p. 129.

As you've just read, C.S. Lewis ascribed to an occult view of salvation, that is, believing that there are many paths to the light (God). In sharp contrast, the Word of God is extremely exclusive, proclaiming that there is ONLY ONE WAY to Heaven, and that one way is by grace alone, through faith alone, in JESUS CHRIST ALONE! John 14:6, “I am the way, the truth, and the life; NO MAN cometh unto the Father, BUT BY ME.” Lewis is teaching a false plan of salvation. The Biblical gospel of Christ's death, burial and resurrection EXCLUDES ALL FORMS OF SELF-RIGHTEOUSNESS, ADDITIONS OR OBLIGATIONS. Eternal life is a free gift (Romans 5:15)... freely provided (John 3:16), freely offered (Romans 10:13) and freely received (Revelation 22:17).

C.S. Lewis was famous for his religious quotes. Several of the following quotes are nothing less than brilliant. Yet, keep in mind that religion is NOT salvation. Lewis is loved and admired by Godless unsaved Roman Catholics, Mormons and Buddhists because of his false, all-inclusive, wishy-washy, lame theology that wrongfully embraces Christ-rejecters as Christians. C.S. Lewis was a theological liberal.

The simple old adage is still true: you are known by the company you keep. The same applies in the realm of citation. Although I greatly admire many of the following spectacular quotes by Lewis, I will not quote him in articles to prevent people from thinking that I endorse the theological positions of this heretical man. Nevertheless, I think the following truthful quotes by Lewis are worthy of mentioning here...

Lewis' False Occult Gospel

The following information on this page is gratefully provided by David Cloud (note: I don't agree with David Cloud on numerous other doctrinal issues, including his false view on salvation), but his research on exposing C.S. Lewis as a heretic is helpful...

Seeking to cash in on the current popularity of religious-themed movies, the Walt Disney Corporation is creating a series of films adapted from C.S. Lewis’ Chronicles of Narnia. The first, due for release in December, is The Lion, the Witch, and the WardrobeLewis believed in prayers for the dead and purgatory and confessed his sins to a priest. He denied the total depravity of man and the substitutionary atonement of Christ. He believed in theistic evolution and rejected the Bible as the infallible Word of God. He taught that hell is a state of mind (emphasis added). The Narnia fables are filled with heresy, promoting the concept of white or good witches and even teaching universalism. In the chapter “Further up and Further in” from “The Last Battle,” an individual is accepted by Aslan the lion (supposedly a mythical Christ figure) even though he served Aslan’s arch-enemy “Tash” all his life. When this individual expresses amazement at being accepted, Aslan says: “Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath’s sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him.” This is a lie of the devil and could be responsible for sending souls to eternal hell. There is no salvation apart from repentance and faith in Christ.

SOURCE: Friday Church News Notes, March 25, 2005 (Fundamental Baptist Information Service, www.wayoflife.org

The following is a quote from "The Last Battle," from the chapter "Further up and Further in." Note the following very carefully:

"Then I fell at his feet and thought, Surely this is the hour of death, for the Lion (who is worthy of all honour) will know that I have served Tash all my days and not him. Nevertheless, it is better to see the Lion and die than to be Tisroc of the world and live and not to have seen him. But the Glorious One bent down his golden head and touched my forehead with his tongue and said, Son, thou art welcome. But I said, Alas, Lord, I am no son of thine but the servant of Tash. He answered, Child, all the service thou hast done to Tash, I account as service done to me.

Then by reasons of my great desire for wisdom and understanding, I overcame my fear and questioned the Glorious One and said, Lord, is it then true, as the Ape said, that thou and Tash are one? The Lion growled so that the earth shook (but his wrath was not against me) and said, It is false. Not because he and I are one, but because we are opposites, I take to me the services which thou hast done to him. For I and he are of such different kinds that no service which is vile can be done to me, and none which is not vile can be done to him.

Therefore if any man swear by Tash and keep his oath for the oath's sake, it is by me that he has truly sworn, though he know it not, and it is I who reward him. And if any man do a cruelty in my name, then, though he says the name Aslan, it is Tash whom he serves and by Tash his deed is accepted. Dost thou understand, Child? I said, Lord, thou knowest how much I understand. But I said also (for the truth constrained me), Yet I have been seeking Tash all my days. Beloved, said the Glorious One, unless thy desire had been for me thou shouldst not have sought so long and so truly. For all find what they truly seek."


Lewis is teaching damnable false doctrine here, and it is even more wicked, in that it is intended for the indoctrination of children.

First, according to Lewis, those who sincerely serve the devil (Tash) are actually serving God (Aslan) and will eventually be accepted by God. That is the heresy of universalism, and many hold to this false doctrine, believing that God will somehow receive unbelievers and followers of false religions into Heaven even though they do not know Jesus Christ in this life.

When I interviewed the head of the New Testament department at Serampore University (founded by William Carey in India) years ago, he told me the same thing. I asked him whether the Hindus will be accepted by God if they are sincere in their religion, and he replied, "Certainly."

Well, the Bible says certainly not! Ephesians chapter two tells us the condition of every person outside of regenerating faith in Jesus Christ. He is dead in trespasses and sins (v. 1), controlled by and living according to the working of the devil (v. 2), a child of disobedience (v. 2), dominated by the flesh (v. 3), by nature the child of wrath (v. 3), without Christ (v. 12), an alien and stranger from the covenant of God (v. 12), without hope (v. 12), WITHOUT GOD IN THE WORLD (v. 12), far off from God (v. 13).

In fact, the Lord Jesus Christ had already settled this matter long before the penning of Ephesians. In His conversation with Nicodemus, the Lord Jesus said categorically, "Except a man be born again, he cannot see the kingdom of God" (John 3:3). Nicodemus was a very sincere and religious Jew, and if any category of person could have gone to heaven without being born again, it would have been people like him. Jesus Christ said that it will not happen.

Furthermore, Lewis is teaching that salvation can be achieved by works and religious seeking, and that is a false gospel that is cursed of God in the book of Galatians.

"I marvel that ye are so soon removed from him that called you into the grace of Christ unto another gospel: which is not another; but there be some that trouble you, and would pervert the gospel of Christ. But though we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel unto you than that which we have preached unto you, let him be accursed" (Gal. 1:6-8).

There is only one true gospel, and that is salvation through repentance and faith in the blood of Jesus Christ; but there are many false gospels, and all of them claim that a man can be saved in some sense by good works.

Beware of the dangerous false teacher C.S. Lewis; and beware also of his friend, the Roman Catholic J.R. Tolkien.

For more about this see the articles "Tolkien and the Lord of the Rings" (Feb. 5, 2002) and "C.S. Lewis and Evangelicals Today" (Jan. 4, 2002) at the Way of Life web site. See the Daily Listings section under the date of the article.

Click below to view other C.S. Lewis articles:

C.S. Lewis and Evangelicals Today
C.S. Lewis Acceptable to Mormons

NARNIA and Satanism

Further Into the Depths of Satan with NARNIA

C.S. Lewis -The Heretic!

C.S. Lewis: The Devil's Wisest Fool