Kevin DeYoung explains two significant problems with C. S. Lewis’ Mere Christianity. And we are talking some major doctrinal problems.
“Sir Wilfred Grenfell was a missionary doctor who at the end of the nineteenth century ministered in Labrador. On one occasion, he heard that someone needed medical help quite a distance from where he was at the time. He quickly set out across the frozen terrain with his dogsled team. At one point during the trip, Grenfell looked back behind him and discovered that the large slab of ice over which he was traveling had broken loose. He realized that he was now floating free of the mainland, with no way of moving either back to where he started or forward to where he was going.
Not knowing quite what to do, Grenfell committed his situation to God, lay down, and went to sleep. By God’s grace he was rescued a short time later. His rescuers were amazed and asked him how he could sleep while his life was in such great peril. He told them that he had committed himself to God, so there was nothing for him to fear. The knowledge that God was in control allowed him to experience complete contentment in the midst of a very difficult situation.”
–From Down but not Out by Wayne Mack (Excellent book on dealing with discouragement).
We rejoice in another Lord’s Day
when we call off our mind from the cares of the world
and attend upon thee without distraction;
Let our retirement be devout,
our conversations edifying,
our reading pious
our hearing profitable,
that our souls may be quickened and elevated.
We are going to the house of prayer,
pour upon us the spirit of grace and supplication;
We are going to the house of praise,
awaken in us every grateful and cheerful emotion;
We are going to the house of instruction,
give testimony to the Word preached,
and glorify it in the hearts of all who hear;
may it enlighten the ignorant,
awaken the careless, reclaim the wandering
establish the weak, comfort the feeble-minded,
make ready a people for their Lord.
–A selection from The Valley of Vision, A Collection of Puritan Prayers and Devotions