Jim Elliot Articles 10
Jim was one of the most notable Christian martyrs of the twentieth century. He died taking the gospel to the Huaorani people of Ecuador. Jim was a graduate of Wheaton College and an evangelist in the United States before embarking to minister in Ecuador. Jim's official biography is called The Shadow of the Almighty. Jim's wife, Elisabeth, still ministers broadly. Jim's postings on InFocus are all taken directly from The Journals of Jim Elliot.
Back at work in the post office at Huntington. Slow going with souls here, but there are encouraging signs. Men unsound in doctrine complicate the issue by "sanctification" experiences. Ah, for a place where the Scriptures have not been twisted! Lord, send me to Ecuador! Reading Of Human Bondage stirred me again to feel today. This is one thing I see of value in a novel; it stirs me from apathy, moves me to love, hate, think. I should like to write one on the peculiarities of modern fundamentalism from a member of a denominational church and call it Shadow of the Spire. What inconsistencies to be parodied to show the saints their narrowness! A very real possibility of ministering church truth perhaps. Maybe some time in the penitentiary.... But, as W. S. Maugham says, "Life is to be lived,... Read more
I think there is nothing so startling in all the graces of God as His quietness. When men have raged untruths in His Name, when they have used the assumed authority of the Son of God to put to death His real children, when they have with calloused art twisted the Scriptures into fables and lies, when they have explained the order of His creations in unfounded theories while boasting the support of rational science, when they, using powers He grants them, claim universal autonomy and independence, He, this great silent God, says nothing! His tolerance and love for His creature is such that, having spoken in Christ, in conscience, in code of law, He waits for men to leave off their bawling and turn for a moment to listen to His still, small voice of Spirit. Now, after so long a time of restr... Read more
“Enjoyed much sweetness” (as he puts it) in the reading of the last months of Brainerd’s life. How consonant are his thoughts to my own regarding the “true and false religion of this late day.” Saw, in reading him, the value of these notations and was much encouraged to think of a life of godliness in the light of an early death. Have spent these last two days entirely in reading—six to eight hours a day—sometimes with tremendous profit to my soul. Finished C. J. Crain on Galatians yesterday. Later. Reading Nietzsche and Orr I have been soberly impressed with the strength of the forces in the human mind. Christianity has been analyzed, decried, refused by some; coolly eyed, submitted to, and its forms followed in by others who call themselves Christian. But alas, what emptiness in both! Th... Read more
There is that restlessness, that itching, urging discontent in me again this morning. The milk of the Word curdles before me or seems to sour within. Hatefulness and rebellion against all restraint is not far from the surface; and it is good that I am not alone here. "Lead me not into temptation, but deliver me from evil...." —15 January, 1951 Read more
Leviticus 12, 13 "I was shapen in iniquity, and in sin did my mother conceive me" ( Pss. 51:5 KJV). From the beginning of my life my contact has been with the unclean—how than can a man become pure? The atonement blood that cleanses my mother must avail also for me. O Lamb of God, what a sacrifice Thou art! Whose blood could avail like Thine? Goat's blood could not cleanse for animals are nonmoral. My own blood could not avail for I am immoral. Only Thou art perfectly moral, and only Thy blood could be of any effect. —14 April, 1948 Read more