“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.” C.S. Lewis “Mere Christianity” page 111 from a pdf format
“There are people in other religions who are being led by God’s secret influence to concentrate on those parts of their religion” -C.S. Lewis
This completely contradicts the Scriptures. In Matthew 23:15, it says, “15 “Woe to you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! You travel over land and sea to make one proselyte, and when he becomes one, you make him twice as fit for hell as you are!” This is what false religion gets you, hell. The Holy Spirit will never tell you to stay or cling to some “truth” of that religion. He won’t do that because the only way to heaven is through Jesus Christ as seen in John 14:6 which says, “6 Jesus told him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me.
In Revelation 18:4 God tells His people, those who got saved through faith in Jesus Christ during the Great Tribulation, but are still stuck in that false religion due to ignorance, to leave it. The Lord is telling them to flee because He is going to judge that false church which is deceiving masses of people. The Lord will never tell you to stay once you are saved in a false religion like C.S. Lewis wants you to believe. He is not getting it from the Holy Spirit but some other spirit.
4 Then I heard another voice from heaven:
Come out of her, My people,-Revelation 18:4
so that you will not share in her sins
or receive any of her plagues.
“which are in agreement with Christianity, and who thus belong to Christ without knowing it.” -C.S. Lewis
False religion does not have anything in common with the truth as found in the Scriptures. Read below.
14 Do not be mismatched with unbelievers. For what partnership is there between righteousness and lawlessness? Or what fellowship does light have with darkness? 15 What agreement does Christ have with Belial? Or what does a believer have in common with an unbeliever? 16 And what agreement does God’s sanctuary have with idols?…-2 Corinthians 6:14-16a
How can anyone belong to Christ in a false church who are teaching erroneous doctrines about Jesus? In Galatians 1, Paul is warning the church about believing in a false gospel [teaching] because it will not save anyone, but will put you under God’s wrath. Read below.
6 I am amazed that you are so quickly turning away from Him who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel— 7 not that there is another gospel, but there are some who are troubling you and want to change the good news about the Messiah. 8 But even if we or an angel from heaven should preach to you a gospel other than what we have preached to you, a curse be on him! 9 As we have said before, I now say again: If anyone preaches to you a gospel contrary to what you received, a curse be on him!-Galatians 1:6-9
C.S. Lewis gives an example of a Buddhist who still says that he is one, but somehow he can find Christ by following some good teachings of mercy. My friends, you can only find Christ by hearing the message of Jesus Christ and what He did for you on the cross. Without the gospel preached to you, you cannot get saved, period. Read below.
17 So faith comes from what is heard, and what is heard comes through the message about Christ.-Romans 10:17
You also have to confess Jesus as your Lord and Savior with your mouth and believe in Him alone. Read below.
9 If you confess with your mouth, “Jesus is Lord,” and believe in your heart that God raised Him from the dead, you will be saved.-Romans 10:9
Friends, C.S. Lewis is a false Christian and his books are not from the Holy Spirit, but has devastating teachings that can make some people deviate from the truth of the Bible. Stay away from his books because you will get deceived if you are not grounded firmly in the Scriptures.