A great many called him the Vulgar Evangelist others the Tornado of the Pulpit. Leonard Ravenhill called him the Irish Whitefield. Some years back I spoke with a very old joyful minister in Scotland who sat and mocked me for my belief in the literal Blood of Jesus, he had heard W.P. preach in London back in the 30's, with his face turning from mocking joy to frowned anger he called him that Bloody Nicholson.
His early years were spent as an utter rebel against God but he had a praying mother who prevailed with God. As a preacher God sent him back to the North of Ireland at a time when the country was about to plunge into a blood bath of civil war. Through his ministry a marvellous revival came which saved the nation from a terrible fate.