San Francisco: God Loves You, But… (Conclusion)

 

If callings were chosen by popular elections, Saul of Tarsus would have garnered the same number of votes as King Herod or Caiaphas for the calling of apostle: zero.

After all, Saul hunted believers down, murdered them, tossed them into prisons, and tried to force them to blaspheme. He was the main reason Jerusalem Christians opted to go on permanent missionary trips to other cities.

Historians described Saul as a skinny, 4’6″ lightweight who was not much of a speaker. These physical  attributes were not exactly a winning formula for the Gentiles, who admired polished orators with a strong physical presence.

Yet Jesus said, “Saul is a chosen instrument of Mine, to bear My name before the Gentiles and kings and the sons of Israel…”

The Lord’s reasoning behind His choice: “…for God sees not as man sees, for man looks at the outward appearance, but the Lord looks at the heart.”

So what did God see in Saul’s heart?

He saw Paul the apostle to whom God could reveal His mystery of Christ, that the Gentiles and the Jews would be joined together in the Bride of Christ, His church. He also saw a man who would willingly suffer afflictions for Christ and His body.

Today, there are some who want to downgrade Paul and his teachings and just go with the red letter words of Jesus in the four Gospels. They don’t like Paul’s teachings on sexual immorality and other subjects. But if this were actually followed, where would the guidelines and revelations about the Church come from?

Furthermore, if Paul had not appeared on the scene, Peter and James would have most likely caved into the Jewish influence on the early church. And today our churches would be little more than a revamped Temple 2.0 System, complete with circumcision, priesthood, and sacrifices.

Thank God for the Apostle Paul, right?

Then He said to His disciples, “The harvest is indeed plentiful, but the laborers are few. So pray to the Lord of the harvest to force out and thrust laborers into His harvest.” (Matthew 9: 37-38 Amplified Translation)

Likewise, the Lord has looked down on San Francisco, especially the Castro District, and has seen men and women who have hearts much like Saul of Tarsus. He is not concerned that these people are now actively engaged in lesbian, gay, bisexual, or transgender life styles because He remembers Saul the murderer. He knows how the life changing power of His heavenly light and just one divine  experience from Him will cause each to ask, “Who are You, Lord?”

Then, He will answer each one, “…I am Jesus …”

The Lord doesn’t want to lose any of these precious callings as each has been specifically chosen to be a leader in His Church for the dark days lying ahead in America. So important are these callings that the Lord has assigned teams of fully prepared  fishermen and hunters who will search through the alleys, streets, and haunts of San Francisco for these prized callings.

The teams of fishermen and hunters will suffer bloodshed, pain, and jail cells. Who will persecute these teams? The chosen Sauls. Yet, the chosen Sauls will have the gospel preached to them by how the fishermen and hunters handle the persecutions: with humility and love.

In the end, the chosen Sauls will come out of San Francisco as Pauls who will help lead the Church into victory after victory. What Jesus said about the woman who wiped His feet with her tears and hair will be true of these chosen Pauls:

For this reason I say to you, her sins, which are many, have been forgiven, for she loved much; but he who is forgiven little, loves little. (Luke 7:47)

CONCLUSION

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10 responses to “San Francisco: God Loves You, But… (Conclusion)

  1. very interesting…

  2. What a powerful and sobering conclusion. Thank you.

  3. Solveig,

    Thanks as always for your insights.

  4. God bless you, Larry. This has been such an eye opening series . . .and also a heart tugging one. He needs fishermen and hunters for the chosen Sauls. . . .

  5. Debbie,

    Thanks. God has some big hooks and powerful spears, just waiting for San Francisco.

  6. I am curious. how do you respond to those who say

    “Yes God is loved. but … He is Judge too!”

  7. savedbygrace,

    Good point. I usually answer people who say something like that, “God is love and the Judge at the same time. He’s not either-or, like us humans. He is always 100% love even when He is angry or He’s the Lord God of Hosts or Man of War. Aren’t you glad about that?”

  8. usually i try check first the motive. why say it.
    people usually say that to counter us when we preach on God’s love.

    funny right? and the most frustrating is that it comes from the mouth of a Christian.

    we know God is judge, he is 100%. but He is my father too. God is judge precisely because He is just. He is just to judged ALL my sins. as God is Just, therefore He will never punish me of the same sins punished at the body of Jesus. amen.

    God is judge, because He will judge the wicked, and Satan.

    its probably time to say ‘God is Judge… yes, but he is my Father too and He loves me’

    just my limited thoughts 🙂

    – grace and peace

  9. savedbygrace,

    It looks to me that you are able to answer the question quite well. God bless you.

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