(1613 – 1648)
Gillespie 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.”
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