By: Robert Serreyn
Question? What do you think of Pilgrims Progress & Chronicles of Narnia?
Pilgrim’s Progress & Chronicles of Narnia are SUPPOSED allegorical accounts of the bible.
Everything I found written on and about Pilgrim’s Progress and Chronicles of Narnia have nothing but praise for them which raises Red Flags for me.
Usually if something is readily excepted or liked by most in the SO CALLED world of Christiandom then that SHOULD BE a tip off that it is or has been watered down to be excepted by the masses.
Matthew 7:13, & 14 declares THAT MOST will believe and accept a FALSE MESSAGE.
Matthew 7:13-14 Enter ye in at the strait gate: for wide is the gate, and broad is the way, that leadeth to destruction, and many there be which go in thereat: (14) Because strait is the gate, and narrow is the way, which leadeth unto life, and few there be that find it.
Was written by John Bunyan who was a Puritan Preacher who was reared in the Church of England.
Puritan beliefs were based on Covenant and Calvinistic Theologies.
Salvation or Conversion as it was called was COMMONLY DESCRIBED as occurring in DISCRETE PHASES such as the following…
1. Contrition of sin (Sorry for Sin).
2. Introspection (self examination).
3. Bible Study.
4. Listening to preaching (Conviction).
5. Humiliation (embarrassement of sin).
As portrayed, salvation in Pilgrim’s Progress is described as a Journey that one makes.
As NOTED ABOVE Puritan beliefs also held to Calvinistic Theology and one of those beliefs was known as DOUBLE PREDESTINATION which is defined as “God has actively chosen some people to hell (damnation) as well as salvation” Today it is just known as Predestination or T.U.L.I.P.
Sad to say salvation in both Puritain Theology and Pilgrims Progress are a WORKES BASED False Gospel and I must question NOT ONLY John Bunyan’s salvation and his gospel message but that also of the one that is ONLY ELUDED to in his Pilgrims Progress.
The Bible declares in…
Galatians 1:8-9 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. (9) As we said before, so say I now again, If any man preach any other gospel unto you than that ye have received, let him be accursed.
CHRONICLES OF NARNIA:
Was written by C.S. Lewis who was a British novelist, Lay theologian, Christian apologist among many other endeavors and best know for such as…
his works of Fiction:
– The Screwtape Letters,
– The Chronicles of Narnia,
– The Space Trilogy.
His Non – Fiction works:
– Mere Christianity,
– The Problem of Pain.
C.S. Lewis held to a what I will term as a loose form of Universalism.
Universalism is a belief system that teaches that all people will go to heaven as long as they are sincere in whatever beliefs they hold to because God is all loving and merciful.
God IS loving and God IS merciful that is why he sent Christ TO DIE and shed his blood on the cross as the Payment for EVERYONES sins.
John 3:16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.
Romans 5:8 But God commendeth his love toward us, in that, while we were yet sinners, Christ died for us.
C. S. Lewis ALSO held to the belief that the Bible WAS NOT Totally Inerrant.
He stated… “That most christians still believe as I do that all Holy Scripture is in some sense though not all parts of it in the same sense the Word of God”
Scripture EMPHATICALLY states…
2 Timothy 3:16 All scripture is given by inspiration of God, and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness:
2 Peter 1:20-21 Knowing this first, that no prophecy of the scripture is of any private interpretation. (21) For the prophecy came not in old time by the will of man: but holy men of God spake as they were moved by the Holy Ghost.
As I stated about John Bunyan I MUST also question C. S. Lewis too
As far as I am concerned Chronicles of Narnia is NO DIFFERENT then Pilgrims Progress everything is buried in obscurity TO APPEAL to the masses leaving the Gospel UNCLEAR at best and that my friend is a DANGEROUS MESSAGE and one that DOES NOT, CANNOT, and WILL NOT save.
The MOST IMPORTANT thing to know IS Jesus Christ as savior, just simply believe that Jesus Christ went to the cross and DIED and shed his blood, was BURIED and three days later RESURRECTED from the dead to pay for your sins.
The moment that you do YOU HAVE (at that second and forever) Everlasting Life which WILL NEVER be taken away no matter what.
-Christ DIED for you – Romans 5:8
-Christ PAID your sins in full – 2 Corinthians 5:21,1 Peter 2:24
-BELIEVE (Trust In Completely) in Christ ALONE as the complete payment of sin for salvation – John 3:16, Acts 16:31, Ephesians 2:8,9
“For the wages(payment) of sin is death (eternal torment in hell); but the GIFT(salvation) of God is eternal life THROUGH Jesus Christ our Lord”. Romans 6:23
IT IS THAT SIMPLE – THE GOSPEL TRUTH