Here are quotations from Lewis’ book, Mere Christianity, pg.59, regarding his false and essentially Roman Catholic doctrine of salvation: “There are three things that spread the life of Christ to us: baptism, belief, and that mysterious action which different Christians call by different names – Holy Communion, the Mass, the Lord’s supper”. And further, on pg.62: “this new life is spread not only by purely mental acts like belief, but by bodily acts like baptism and Holy Communion…. God never meant man to be a purely spiritual creature. That is why He uses material things like bread and wine to put new life into us”.
Beyond all doubt, these quotations show that Lewis believed in regeneration by a sacramental system. For he inserted “belief” in between “baptism” and “Holy Communion”. And he plainly taught here that baptism contributes to for salvation, as is partaking of “Holy Communion” or “the Mass.” This is precisely the doctrine of Rome. It is the lie of “baptismal regeneration” (that by baptism one is born again and made a child of God) and the lie that “the sacrament of the mass” is contributes to salvation as well.
In Mere Christianity, pgs.53-8, he reveals his rejection of the biblical doctrine of repentance: “In fact, it needs a good man to repent. And here comes the catch. Only a bad person needs to repent: only a good person can repent perfectly. The worse you are the more you need it and the less you can do it…. The only person who could do it perfectly would be a perfect person – and he would not need it. Remember, this repentance… is not something God demands of you before He will take you back…. He could let you off if He chose: it is simply a description of what going back to Him is like”.
What a lie to say that God does not demand repentance of someone before He will receive them! The Bible is crystal-clear: God “commandeth all men every where to repent” (Acts 17:30); “Now when they heard this, they were pricked in their heart, and said unto Peter and to the rest of the apostles, Men and brethren, what shall we do? Then Peter said unto them, Repent” (Acts 2:37,38).
Lewis wrote, “This process of surrender… is what Christians call repentance.” He calls it “saying you are sorry, realising that you have been on the wrong track”. This is true, as far as it goes. However, He goes on to write that repentance means “killing part of yourself, undergoing a kind of death”, and then he applies this to Christ, implying that He repented: “we now need God’s help in order to do something which God, in His own nature, never does at all – to surrender, to suffer, to submit, to die…. But supposing God became a man… then that person could help us. He could surrender His will, and suffer and die, because He was man; and He could do it perfectly [but remember, here Lewis is talking of repentance, not of Christ’s sacrificial death!] because He was God…. Our attempts at this dying [i.e. our repentance] will succeed only if we men share in God’s dying [i.e. God’s repentance!]”.
Praying for the Dead, and Purgatory:
Here is a lengthy quotation from Lewis’ book, Prayer: Letters to Malcolm, pgs. 109-111, regarding his belief in the heathen and Roman Catholic doctrines of praying for the dead, and of purgatory: “Of course I pray for the dead. The action is so spontaneous, so all but inevitable, that only the most compulsive theological case against it would deter men. And I hardly know how the rest of my prayers would survive if those for the dead were forbidden. At our age the majority of those we love best are dead. What sort of intercourse with God could I have if what I love best were unmentionable to him? On the traditional Protestant view, all the dead are damned or saved. If they are damned, prayer for them is useless. If they are saved, it is equally useless…. To pray for them presupposes that progress and difficulty are still possible. In fact you are bringing in something like Purgatory. Well, I suppose I am… I believe in Purgatory… the very etymology of the word Purgatory has dropped out of sight…. The right view [of purgatory] returns magnificently in Newman’s Dream. There if I remember rightly, the saved soul, at the very foot of the throne, begs to be taken away and cleansed. It cannot bear for a moment longer ‘with its darkness to affront that light’. Religion has reclaimed Purgatory. Our souls demand Purgatory, don’t they? Would it not break the heart if God said to us ‘It is true, my son, that your breath smells and your rags drip with mud and slime, but we are charitable here and no one will upbraid you with these things, nor draw away from you. Enter into the joy’? Should we not reply ‘With submission sir, and if there is no objection, I’d rather be cleansed first’. It may hurt you know – ‘Even so, sir’. I assume that the process of purification will normally involve suffering…. But I don’t think suffering is the purpose of the purgation. I can well believe that people neither much worse nor much better than I will suffer less than I or more. No nonsense about merit. The treatment given will be the one required, whether it hurts little or much. My favourite image of this comes from the dentist’s chair. I hope that when the tooth of life is drawn and when I am coming round a voice will say, ‘Rinse your mouth out with this’. This will be Purgatory. The rinsing may take longer than I can now imagine. The taste of this may be more fiery and astringent than my present sensibility could endure. But More and Fisher shall not persuade me that it will be disgusting and unhallowed.”
And this is the man hailed by many “Evangelicals” as the greatest Christian writer of the twentieth century? The Bible says of Christ, that He “by himself purged our sins” (Heb. 1:3) – so what need is there of a “purgatory”? See also Phil. 1:23; 2 Cor. 5:8. The blood of Jesus Christ cleanses His elect from all sin (1 Jn. 1:7,9) – so Lewis’ teaching that the saved soul will stand before God and beg to be cleansed is outright heresy. The true believer is dressed in the spotless robe of Christ’s own imputed righteousness (Rev. 19:8; Psa. 45:14) – he does not appear before God with his “breath” smelling and his “rags” dripping with mud and slime! And as regards praying for the dead, Lewis was right when he stated the biblical Protestant doctrine: “all the dead are damned or saved. If they are damned, prayer for them is useless. If they are saved, it is equally useless”. Tragically for him, he rejected this biblical truth. Prayer is never to be offered for the dead (e.g. 2 Sam. 12:21-23; Heb. 9:27; Lk. 16:25,26).