Posts related to George Gillespie

George Gillespie (1613 – 1648) was one of the leading figures in the Scottish Church during a time of renewal and reformation. He was a powerful and eloquent preacher but is best known as a clear and logical writer. A formidable debater, he defended biblical principles at the Westminster Assembly.

In 1648, Gillespie became Minister of the High Kirk of St. Giles in Edinburgh and Moderator of the General Assembly of the Church of Scotland. He died of tuberculosis in December of the same year. He described his ministry of ten years as “but a moment”. As he lay dying, he refused to be commended for his labours. He said: “all that I have done cannot abide the touchstone of His justice; they are all but abominations, and as an unclean thing, when they are reckoned between God and me. Christ is all things, and I am nothing.”

May 3

Christ is the only basis for salvation

“What are all my righteousnesses but rotten rags? All that I have done cannot abide the touchstone of his justice. They are all but abominations, and as an unclean thing, when they are reckoned between my God and me. Christ is all things, and I am noth …

Sep 2

Reasons to Trust Christ

We don’t just need the gospel once in our lives: we need it every day. Fellowship with God, assurance and holiness all derive from salvation in Christ. The glorious gospel of the blessed God gives meaning even to the practical realities and duties of l …

Apr 16

Civil Rulers Will Give Account to God

The forgotten aspect of the desire for political power. (Rulers) “are the ministers of God, and shall give account of their administrations to God” – George Gillespie

Mar 10

Half a Christian?

“He is but half a Christian who is an orthodox believer, if he be not practical also; and he is but half a Christian who is practical, if he be not an orthodox believer” – George Gillespie

Feb 19

Giving up Liberty of Conscience for Lent?

There’s no doubt that Lent has become fashionable for many evangelicals. Churches and individuals with the label Reformed have also begun to observe Lent. They feel the need for something fresh in their liturgical calendar. Some look for a spiritual “d …