Jim Elliot quotes

Posted: June 18, 2015 in christian living, ecclesia, Jesus

I felt liberty to lay the cards on the table and flatfootedly blurted out something about the New Testament church pattern. Most of them were stunned but came back eagerly for more. Have been visiting some of their homes since, and find a real stirring among half a dozen families, a hunger for the Word. Many are bound by traditional organizational patterns and although they feel something is wrong, are fearful of breaking the accepted modes of worship. Of course, I am already branded as a propogator of the some new sect, but to this I exultantly reply in the words of the apostle on a similar charge, ‘But this I confess to thee, that after the way which they call a a “sect”, so serve I the God of our fathers’…

I charge you to pray for the saints here. God must do the work of centering their lives in Christ. None know the scriptures well because of the devilish schemes of the clergy to keep them from thinking for themselves. Do pray for wisdom and grace for me that my witness might be effective for the glory of the man at God’s right hand…

The clergy of fundamentalist is a direct descendant of papism.

-Jim Elliot, missionary and martyr for the Lord Jesus Christ (Taken from Shadow of the Almighty: The Life and Testament of Jim Elliot)

  1. fleebabylon says:

    On Sunday afternoon, following a dinner of baked beans and carrot sticks, Nate Saint, the pilot of their small plane, radioed that he could see a group of Aucas approaching the camp. He landed the plane and the 5 excited missionaries began to sing this hymn:

    “We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender,
    We go not forth alone against the foe.
    Strong in Thy strength, safe in Thy keeping tender,
    We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go.
    Yea, in Thy name, O Captain of Salvation,
    In Thy blest name, all other names above,
    Jesus our Righteousness, our sure Foundation,
    Our Prince of Glory, and our King of Love.
    We go in faith, our own great weakness feeling,
    And needing more each day Thy grace to know,
    Yet from our hearts a song of triumph pealing,
    We rest on Thee, and in Thy name we go.
    We rest on Thee, our Shield and our Defender,
    Thine is the battle, Thine shall be the praise,
    When passing through the gates of pearly splendor,
    Victors, we rest with Thee through endless days.”

    Listen to that last line again: “When passing through the gates of pearly splendor, Victors, we rest with Thee through endless days.”

    Within minutes that is exactly what Jim Elliot and his 4 friends would do. By 4:30 that afternoon all five missionaries were dead: viciously murdered in an ambush, their bodies pierced repeatedly by primitive spears at the hands of those Auca Indians for whom they had prayed for six years and for whom they had sacrificed all comfort and career opportunities to win them to Christ.

  2. fleebabylon says:

    “God must do the work of centering their lives in Christ. ”

    This is the reality we seek and the the heart of the matter. Denominations, clergy-laity, religious buildings called ‘churches’ with ‘sanctuaries’ and ‘alters’, priestcraft, pre-programmed service, etc are almost always a hindrance to God’s plan as layed out in His word.

  3. fleebabylon says:

    “The pivot point hangs on whether or not God has revealed a universal pattern for the church in the New Testament. If He has not, then anything will do so long as it works. But I am convinced that nothing so dear to the heart of Christ as His Bride should be left without explicit instructions as to her corporate conduct. I am further convinced that the 20th century has in no way simulated this pattern in its method of ‘churching’ a community . . . it is incumbent upon me, if God has a pattern for the church, to find and establish that pattern, at all costs” (Shadow of The Almighty: Life and Testimony of Jim Elliot)

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