Why I dont find Lewis, the man with the smoking pipie, that Biblical?
For one, approaching serious theological issue with a very worldly sense, general battle between good and evil as well as the whole fictional approach to the Biblical text the show deep roots in liberal theology. Then comes the use of non-Biblical language to present Biblical issues and doctrine, thus robbing the Bible from its rightful way of expression and assigning it language, characters and dynamics that were never meant to be Biblical.
Christianity Today cited English pastor Martyn Lloyd-Jones — who was a friend of Lewis’ — as an evangelical with “reservations” about Lewis.
CT writer J.D. Douglas paraphrases Lloyd-Jones, saying Lewis’ view of salvation was “defective in two key respects: (1) Lewis taught and believed that one could reason oneself into Christianity; and (2) Lewis was an opponent of the substitutionary and penal theory of the Atonement.”
Another “two significant problems” with Mere Christianity. These problems he lists are the doctrine of the atonement and inclusivism Lewis fails to understand the work of the Holy Spirit in a biblical way. No matter how much we may like Lewis, this is simply a profound misunderstanding of the Spirit’s mission. The work of the Holy Spirit is to bring glory to Christ by taking what is his — his teaching, the truth about his death and resurrection — and making it known. The Spirit does not work indiscriminately without the revelation of Christ in view.
There is almost no passage of Scripture on which I would turn to Lewis for exegetical illumination. … His value is not in his biblical exegesis. Lewis is not the kind of writer who provides substance for a pastor’s sermons. I find problematic:
- Lewis was not an inerrantist;
- Lewis he viewed the Protestant Reformation as avoidable;
- Lewis he remained in the Church of England, despite his largely Protestant beliefs;
- Lewis he allowed for “at least some people to be saved through imperfect representations of Christ in other religions”;
- Lewis he gave little attention to the doctrine of atonement.