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What is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

What exactly is blasphemy of the Holy Spirit? I've read in some articles that it cannot be committed anymore. I've read in some that it can still be committed. What is the truth about this blasphemy of the Holy Spirit?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer your question.

I John 4:4 says, "...greater is he that is in you, than he that is in the world." John 3:6 says, "...that which is born of the Spirit is spirit." Jude 24 says, "Now unto him that is able to keep you from falling, and to present you faultless before the presence of his glory with exceeding joy." I Peter 1:5 says, "Who are kept by the power of God through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time."

Obviously, saved people are secure in Jesus Christ because of the indwelling of the Holy Spirit of God in the believer. The Bible makes it clear that God's children are born again. The Bible does not say we are to be born again and again and again. When discussing the lost the Bible says, "And then will I profess unto them, I never knew you..."

Mark 3:28-29 says, "Verily I say unto you, All sins shall be forgiven unto the sons of men, and blasphemies wherewith soever they shall blaspheme: But he that shall blaspheme against the Holy Ghost hath never forgiveness, but is in danger of eternal damnation:" Thus, the bible is referring to lost people who attribute the work of the Holy Spirit to "an unclean spirit." (Mark 3:30)

I trust this answers your question. If not please feel free to email again. Have a great day.



Where can I serve if I am divorced?

I was surrendered to preach in 2003. This year my wife divorced me without biblical grounds. I know you believe that a divorced man shouldn't be a pastor, but I was wondering what type of ministry someone who has been divorced can have?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer your question.

I am sorry to hear of your wife choosing to divorce you. It is always a tragic thing when the home is broken up. As I understand the Scripture a pastor must be the husband of one wife. That is not one wife at a time as some have taught.

Please understand the misconception of a "call to preach." In reality it is a call to leadership. To preach in the Bible is to carry the Gospel one on one to a lost and dying world. To pulpiter for the perfecting of the Saints for the work of the ministry and the building up of the local church is another item all together. To be apart of a pastoral staff is just as much of a call as being the senior pastor.

There are two offices in the Bible; pastor and deacon. Neither of those positions can be held Biblically by a divorced man. However, anyone can "preach" in the sense of personal soul winning. Outside of those two offices a man can fulfill any other position; if he qualifies the requirements set by the pastor of that local church.

I trust this answers your question. Have a great day!

What does "quit ye like men" mean?

What does "quit ye like men" mean?

Dr. Gray's Answer
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer your question.

This is an old English usage of quit and is not like how we employ the word today. It is more akin to the word acquit, or to behave in a certain fashion so as to prove oneself.

I trust this of help to you. If not please email me again. Have a great day.

Why can't I use the New King James Bible?

If the King James Bible is not inspired, not preserved and not inerrant, why can't I use the New King James Bible?

Dr. Gray's Answer
Thank you for you email. I will do my best to answer your question.

If…it is not inspired, if …it is not preserved, if…it is not inerrant, then go ahead and use the New King James Bible! Once that door is open then by all means don't stop there.

At some point faith must enter into this equation. Psalm 12:6-7 teaches a continuity of the Scriptures from generation to generation and nation to nation. If we are to follow Bible principles, then we should use the Bible that has not skipped any generation. The originals are in Heaven and have been given by the Holy Spirit to man on earth. When Enoch was translated to Heaven he was exactly the same Enoch that he was on earth. When the Words of God were given from Heaven via the Holy Ghost to man on earth even though they were translated into Hebrew, Aramaic, Greek, or English they are still the same words. To question this is to side with Satan in the questioning of the Words of God.

Second, language usage decays. The English of 1611 was a more precise, more poetic, less corrupt language; it lacked the innuendos, the slang, and the casual usage of words prevalent in English today. I do not want a Bible that follows the decay of the language. I want a Bible that was translated when the English language was at its best. By the way typos have nothing to do with the loss of inspiration or inerrancy. Sometimes someone will mock fundamental preachers who stand and say they hold in their hand the 1611 KJV. The truth is I hold in my hand the 2010 KJV and next year it will be a 2011 KJV. This is preserved inspiration I hold in my hand! The truth is all that needed to be done to bring into conformity the spelling has been accomplished by the translators.

Third, the publishers of the New King James were not honest, like most people who become higher critics of the King James Bible. They said they were going to turn the "thees" and "thous" into "you" and "yours." They said those would be the only changes. Yet, they changed many more words than these, reorganized verses, changed phrasing, etc. It is not an updating of the King James Bible; it is a bad translation in and of itself.

Fourth, to attack solid Bible believers who hold to the preserved inspiration of the King James Bible as being some nut jobs who are pushing double inspiration is a smoke screen for their need to be academically superior to the "common man." This way you have to go to them in order to know what God is saying. This is the deeds of the Nicolaitans, which is the conquering of the laity by the clergy. This is Protestant and Catholic teaching. It is interesting to me that the historicity of the Scriptures for their academia always runs through Rome. Paul warned us about people who would "corrupt" the Scripture.

I trust this is of some help to you. If not please feel free to email me again. Have a great day.

How should we deal with backsliders?

Are the lost sheep or "backslidders" worth going after when the resources of the church are focused mostly on soul-winning? Should the church just allow God to deal with these people instead of wasting their time?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer.

The resources of the average church are there to reach people, whether saved or lost. When a church visits the bus routes the majority of the people who are brought in on those buses in the average church are saved people not lost people. The majority of the folks who attend the average church are saved and not lost. So, the budgets that support that local church in essence are being utilized to help both the saved and the lost; with the majority of that budget going to help the saved.

The majority of my time is spent not with lost people but saved people! I trust this answers your question. Have a great day!

Where is the preserved Word of God?

I have heard some great preachers warn against Thomas Nelson publishers as well as others because they change the words of the KJV yet continue to call it a KJV. Recently, I heard a well known preacher say that all the publishers take little liberties like that. If that is the case, where in the world is the preserved Word of God?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your recent email. I will do my best to answer your question.

The standard text of the King James Bible is the Oxford edition of 1729. From the 1611 text to then many printing errors were corrected. It is a huge text and printing at that time was a matter of setting individual letters on metal plates for each page printed, which accounts for the amount of time involved. The Oxford edition conforms to the translation of the King James in 1611 without the various printing errors.

Some modern day publishers have taken liberty with this text. I do not know specifically what text Thomas Nelson uses; you would have to contact them and inquire of them. I do know that Oxford Cambridge, and Local Church Bible Publishers all use the Oxford edition of 1729.

No matter the claims of men, you must have faith that God has done what He said He would do in Psalm 12:6-7, Psalm 105:8, and other places in preserving the inspired words of the text of the Word of God for each generation.

I trust this is of some help. Have a great day!

What should we tithe on?

Malachi 3:10 is where we finding tithing. My question is does one tithe on money given to them and what about material type gifts such as clothing and such? If yes on the material gifts, how?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer your question.

First of all, Matthew 23:23 says, "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye pay tithe of mint and anise and cumin, and have omitted the weightier matters of the law, judgment, mercy, and faith: these ought ye to have done…" Jesus declares that even the lost should pay tithes and offerings.

Second of all, in Bible times there were many ways of taking care of their needs and many ways of making money. Malachi says, "Bring ye all the tithes…" God uses the word "all" so wherever the increase comes from one is suppose to give tithes and offerings based on the "increase." I Corinthians 16 2 says, "…as God hath prospered…" Proverbs 3:9-10, "Honour the Lord with thy substance, and with the firstfruits of all thine increase: So shall thy barns be filled with plenty, and thy presses shall burst out with new wine."

When a person gives tithes and offerings he should do it off of the gross of ones paycheck. God should be first and not second to the government. Then, one must put a value on gifts they receive and pay a tithe and give an offering based on their value.

I trust this has answered your question.

What about cremation?

I'm aware of all the burials in the Bible, but I'm wondering if you would expound on your views about cremation? I know God is able to bring everything back together again, but I'm wanting to know if you think it's scripturally acceptable or anti-scriptural?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your recent email. I will do my best to answer your question.

The Bible does not deal directly with this topic, except perhaps in one place. In Amos 2:1, God condemns Moab for burning the bones of the king of Edom. Whether or not this is a condemnation of cremation in general is not clear. Moab certainly meant the burning as an insult. Burning in the Bible is always associated with punishment.

Certainly, the Bible example is burial thus I would prefer burial.

I trust this is of some help. Have a great day!

Should some people remain single?

Is it God's way that every Christian person should get married at some point, or are there some Christians that are meant to remain single?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer your question.

I Corinthians 7:27 says, "...seek not a wife But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned..." I Corinthians 7:32-33 says, "...he that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord. But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife."

Paul states in I Corinthians 7:7 concerning this subject, "I would that all men even as myself..." I Corinthians 7:8, "I say therefore to the unmarried and to the widows, it is good for them if they abide even as I. But, if they cannot contain, let them marry: for it is better to marry than to burn."

The caution flag is out to those who are unmarried or widows. It is not God's will for everyone to marry. It is a dangerous thing for a Christian to "seek" a wife or a husband. It is far better to serve the Lord and leave it up to God as to His will in this matter.

I trust this answers your question. If not, please email me again. Have a great day.

Who should counsel?

When I'm counseling with someone, when is it appropriate to share the information with our Pastor? What is the determining factor of someone crossing the line? I wish to respect a person's confidentiality, but I don't want to ever be guilty of having information that may potentially harm others.

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your recent email. I will do my best to answer your question.

I would never engage or enter into a counseling session without the pastor's permission. If someone approaches you and asks for counseling then refer them to the pastor and seek his permission. It should be clearly understood that anything shared with you is automatically shared with the pastor. Otherwise, this is an explosion waiting to happen.

Who were the Sons of God?

In Genesis 6 the sons of God took wives of the daughters of men. I have heard a lot of preachers say that these were angels marrying earthly women. Every time I hear this I always wonder why God punished man and destroyed the earth for what the angels did. I personally believe that the sons of God were not angels. Could you shed some light on this for me?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer.

There is only one clear reference in the Bible which refers to angels as "sons of God" in Job 38:7. There is no reason to believe that Genesis 6 refers to angels, as the New Testament says very plainly that angels neither marry nor are given in marriage. Matthew 22:30

I trust this is a help. Have a great day.

A false weight

I was reading during my devotions and I came across this verse. Proverbs 16:11 "A just weight and balance are the LORD'S: all the weights of the bag are his work." To me this verse seemed amazing. It just clicked for me as far knowing that the Lord decides how much we can really handle. Then I remembered another verse about weights and that is Proverbs 11:1 "A false balance is an abomination to the LORD: but a just weight is his delight." Then I became confused again. Are we the ones who decide the weight or is the Lord. Am I interpreting it wrong? If we have a false balance the Bible says we are an abomination, but then it says all the weights of the bag are HIS work. Could you please help me understand this?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer your questions.

The weights referred to are those merchants used to count a customer's gold. In days before presses, gold coins were not equal. A merchant would use a balance and weigh gold against a set of proper weights to ensure that the right amount was tendered.

An unjust merchant would use weights that were actually heavier than they were supposed to be. The Lord is approving the merchant who uses proper weights, while condemning those who use improper weights for unjust gain.

The weights of the bag are His work. However, when we do not trust Him and we mess with the weights, which are supposed to be His work, then we do become an abomination. This is a reminder to let God do His work, and not to meddle!

Abraham and Sarah did such a thing in deciding to help God fulfill His promise by giving Sarah's maid Hagar to Abraham so that he could have a son. That meddling has resulted in centuries of unrest in the Middle East as Hagar's son Ishmael and his offspring of the Arab world have constantly fought Rebekah's son Isaac and his offspring of the Jews.

Yes, God knows what He is doing, if we will stay out of His business and let Him do His will in all our matters.

Where did baptism begin?

If the Church was started by Jesus, and Baptism is one of it's ordinances...Why was John 'the Baptist' baptisms made "OK." How is this possible since the Church had not yet been established and baptism is supposed to be under the Church?

Dr. Gray's Answer:
Thank you for your email. I will do my best to answer your question.

John the Baptist was sent to prepare the way of the Lord. (Isaiah 40:2; Matthew 3:3) John held a unique position in history. He was never baptized himself. (Matthew 3:44) Yet, he was responsible for baptizing each of the apostles. (Acts 1:22) These formed the nucleus of the First Baptist Church of Jerusalem. (I Corinthians 12:28)

With John being referred to as a "friend" of the bridegroom he was pointing toward Heaven as to where the authority was coming from to baptize converts. Baptism is the door to the local church! John the Baptist was sent by God to win souls and then baptize them in order for them to be called out by our Lord and organized into a New Testament church.

I trust this answers your question. Have a great day!