Elisabeth Elliot and Rome
December 19, 2004
David Cloud, Way of Life Literature, P.O. Box 610368, Port Huron, MI 48061
Elisabeth Elliot is the wife of martyred missionary Jim Elliot. We have no doubt that she is a gracious woman, and it is commendable that she served for many years on a very difficult mission field. Further, she has taken a commendable stand against the attempts of some to accommodate the feminist movement to the Bible. In her book The Mark of a Man she rejects the attempts by the modern feminists to rewrite the Bible to suit their so-called “feminist theology.”

Regardless of the many good things that could be said about Mrs. Elliot, though, she is a committed ecumenist (and an Episcopalian). She regularly joins hands with such recognized anti-separatists as Billy Graham, Luis Palau, John Stott, James Dobson, and Haddon Robinson (an editor of
Christianity Today). All of these men are openly opposed to fundamentalism and biblical separation.

Mrs. Elliot spoke at the 1995 National Religious Broadcasters (NRB) Convention, together with Luis Palau and Billy Graham. There is not a more religiously confused hodgepodge anywhere than the NRB. In 1994, the NRB awarded its Milestone Award to The Voice of Prophecy, a Seventh-day Adventist television program! The NRB has frequently featured Roman Catholic speakers.

In July 1989, Mrs. Elliot spoke at the Roman Catholic Franciscan University in Steubenville, Ohio, a hotbed of Roman Catholic-Charismatic enthusiasm. Each year the Franciscan University holds a conference to exalt the blasphemous Catholic dogmas that Mary is the immaculately conceived, ever virgin Queen of Heaven and advocate of God’s people.

The following information was sent to us by a reader of
O Timothy magazine in Wisconsin —

On September 6, 1997, at the Waukesha, Wisconsin Expo Center Elisabeth Elliot spoke before a large gathering of multi-denominational individuals. The meeting was sponsored by WVCY radio out of Milwaukee, Wisconsin. A few questions were directed to Mrs. Elliot that confirmed her compromise within the apostasy of New Evangelicalism.

Question: ‘Can a person be Catholic and Christian in union?’

Mrs. Elliot: ‘Yes, we can have unity in diversity; my brother [Thomas Howard] is a Catholic and a Christian.’

Question: ‘Then is it acceptable to celebrate the [Catholic] Eucharist?’

Mrs. Elliot: ‘Yes.’

Question: ‘Of Mary, ‘queen of heaven’?’

Mrs. Elliot: ‘Excuse me, time will not allow me to expound on these questions.’

Mrs. Elliot moves on to the next in line.

How very amazing that the general church masses have little idea how some have been deceived, given over to false doctrine, and even blinded to the pure gospel which we’ve been given so clearly.

What is of further amazement is that a Christian radio station (WVCY America) ... is so prone to air a gamut of such compromising teachers. They dropped the M&M Clinic program and wrestle with James Dobson, yet choose not to address the programming of figures such as Swindoll, Elliot, etc. They are even aware of the error of New Evangelicalism but choose not to obey the truth. Be it for gain or ignorance, the dross bears greater witness than the gold with such as these (Steve Straub, Sept. 8, 1997, Waukesha, Wisconsin).

Elisabeth Elliot was listed in the June 1998 issue of
Charisma magazine as a speaker for a national Catholic Charismatic renewal conference held at the University of Notre Dame, June 12-14. Other speakers included Catholics Dorothy Ranaghan and Ralph Martin.

Elliot’s book
Taking Flight, has a very dangerous and erroneous statement about salvation. “Those who receive Christ. are given not an ‘instant kingdom’ but the ‘right to become children of God.’ … It does not say God makes them instant children of God. It says He gives them the right to become” (Elisabeth Elliot, Taking Flight, p. 12)

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