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Martyred for the Gospel

Martyred for the Gospel
The burning of Tharchbishop of Cant. D. Tho. Cranmer in the town dich at Oxford, with his hand first thrust into the fyre, wherwith he subscribed before. [Click on the picture to see Cranmer's last words.]

Collect of the Day

The Fifth Sunday after the Epiphany.
The Collect.

O LORD, we beseech thee to keep thy Church and household continually in thy true religion; that they who do lean only upon the hope of thy heavenly grace may evermore be defended by thy mighty power; through Jesus Christ our Lord. Amen.

Daily Bible Verse

Monday, September 08, 2008

C. S. Lewis and Liberal Theology

In a comment to my article refuting her theology as expressed in a Christianity Today article (note the link in the title), Edith Humphrey cited C. S. Lewis as a justification for her position. Given that modern Evangelicals are often enamored with Lewis, we ought to recognize that Lewis' writings are a mixed bag. I have seen unorthodox views expressed by Lewis that border on pelagianism and others that are outright liberal. Mrs. Humphrey has kindly revealed one of Lewis' unorthodox and heretical positions.

In her comment posted to my article, Humphrey says that salvation is apart from an explicit conversion to Christ and faith in Christ appropriated by individuals: "Aslan tells him that all that he has done, in error, for the sake of Tash, was really done for Aslan."

"This doesn't mean that the young warrior is accepted because of his goodness, but because of Aslan's goodness. But it does mean that our hearts and our actions will, when we see the Lord, match with his mercy."

If C.S. Lewis intended to suggest that unreached people will be saved by some implicit faith they don't know they have, then Lewis is clearly on the liberal side of things. Apparently, this is the view taken by Edith as well. However, the Apostle Paul clearly says that salvation comes only from hearing and hearing by the Word of God by faith. (Romans 1:16-21; Romans 10:10-19).

Jesus Christ is the only way of salvation (John 5:24; 14:6). Without evangelism and world missions those who have not heard the Gospel will most certainly perish. There is no salvation apart from an EXPLICIT conversion to faith in Jesus Christ, not some hidden, unknown faith. This is gnosticism and mysticism, not Christianity!

1 comment:

Augustinian Successor said...

Amen, Big Brother Charles!

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