In 1742, Willison published a series of twelve sermons, The Balm of Gilead, which addressed the spiritual maladies of the nation and prayed for a revival.  One thing of particular interest to Americans about these sermons is that Willison had obviously been reading Jonathan Edwards’ A Faithful Narrative, telling of the spiritual awakening in the Connecticut Valley.  Willison greets this news with enthusiasm.  Only a few months after the appearance of Willison’s work, the famous Cambuslang Revival began.  The Balm of Gilead is a series of prophetic sermons, in the truest sense of the word.  They offer a vision of the awakening that was to come, not only in America and the British Isles, but even on the continent of Europe.  Inspired by the ministry of the French Huguenot prophets in the mountains of southern France, he spoke with amazing clairvoyance of the French Revolution, which would being in 1789.  As Willison saw it, both revolution and revival were on their way.  For those who would not repent, there was judgment, but for those who would, there was everlasting joy.

From: Holy Communion in the Piety of the Reformed Church by Hughes Oliphant Old; edited by Jon D. Payne (Powder Springs: Tolle Lege Press, 2013), pp. 475-476.


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