Garrett Crawford - 4/18/07
I had a dream in the late summer of 2006. In this dream I was in a deserted area, with no one in sight. I looked around and standing afar off was a man with the likeness of Jesus Christ. He had on a long flowing robe, sandals, and brown hair and beard. I ran up to him and was in awe that I was standing in the presence of Christ himself. As I started to talk to him and ask him questions he walked away. I thought this was strange, but I overlooked it, and followed after him. I followed him for many miles, all the while asking him questions and trying to get a response from him. But it was all to no avail; he continued to ignore me and proceeded walking to his destination. After a long walk, we walked up to a blue two story house with a porch. This house was very pretty yet simple in appearance. I stopped in the yard and watched him walk up on the porch; he was getting ready to walk in the door. As this was occurring I heard a convicting voice in my head say, "This is not his house, he's not allowed in there." I was shocked to say the least! "Not his house?!" I said to myself, "This is Jesus, the Father has given all things to him, how much more does this little house belong to him?" I did not understand this, why would the voice say such a thing?! While I was pondering these things, the man began to peep in the windows, then after that he tried to open the door, but it was locked. I was watching this happen all the while confused about why Jesus was locked out of this house. I was really shocked when he began to jimmy the door open and break in the house. Then he walked in the house, and I just stood there in a saddened state of amazement, and pondered whether or not I should follow him in. After some thought I ran in after him, and followed him into the upstairs bedroom, where I saw him going thru all the desk drawers, like a common thief. I was thinking about leaving when I saw these things, but at this point he finally began to speak to me. Because of this I overlooked his un-Christ like actions and began conversing with him, which I had been waiting a long time for. After that, he walked down stairs. I followed and we still kept talking. The whole time I was listening to him I got the impression he was really nonchalant and careless about everything. This troubled me but I kept telling myself that I just didn't understand and that this was really Jesus. While standing there, he lit up a cigarette and puffed on it like it was no big deal. I was totally saddened and confused when seeing this. While taking drags off the cigarette, he asked me, "Garrett, what do you want to do with your life?" I began to cry and I said to him, "Whatever you tell me to do, Jesus". I was in denial when addressing him because I knew that although this looked like Jesus, it could not have been because his works and speech were in sharp contrast to the Word. I was being willfully deceived by the image or appearance of this man, going against my better judgment simply because it looked like Jesus.
After having this dream I was confused and really had no idea about what it meant. I thought myself a very good, faithful Christian. I was attending a full gospel church, paying tithes every week, writing and recording Christian music, and did not do the things I saw the 'sinners' doing. I thought I was right where I needed to be. I laughed the dream off and even made a joke about it to some friends of mine. I really had no idea what it meant, I thought it was nonsense.
About 3 or 4 months after this dream, I found myself dissatisfied with my spiritual life and beginning to question my local assembly and its doctrines. But I was never able to put my finger on what really was the problem. Around this time, Brad Moyers told me about Unleavened Bread Ministries. He told me some things that I was believing that were not scriptural and I needed to watch David Eells Hidden Manna for the End Times videos. I was not into what he was telling me, and thought this 'David Eells guy' was just another Internet cult leader with strange doctrines. But the Lord impressed me to give it a look and after I watched the first video entitled "The Church and Tribulation" I was hooked and knew that I had found something that was truly wisdom. After that I literally tore thru all the teachings on the site, and began to hear David speak about "another Jesus" and that many in Christianity (even some Full Gospel folk) were following 'another' Jesus like Paul rebuked the church for in 2 Corinthians 11:4: "For if he who comes preaches another Jesus whom we have not preached, or if you receive a different spirit which you have not received, or a different gospel which you have not accepted-you may well put up with it!"
And Galatians 1:6: "I marvel that you are turning away so soon from Him who called you in the grace of Christ, to a different gospel, which is not another; but there are some who trouble you and want to pervert the gospel of Christ. But even if we, or an angel from heaven, preach any other gospel to you than what we have preached to you, let him be accursed. As we have said before, so now I say again, if anyone preaches any other gospel to you than what you have received, let him be accursed."
I have never really heard that before and I was amazed. The Lord impressed it upon me that I had been following 'another' Jesus and 'another' Gospel, and that I was really self righteous. After that I got dreams confirming that I was being taught by false doctrines in my local assembly, and that I should leave. That I did and I have not looked back since. Praise God for his faithfulness by steering His sheep onto the straight path.