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‘God is my witness’: SC megachurch pastor continues to deny cheating on his wife

Megachurch pastor John Gray with his wife Aventer, whom he denied cheating on in an Instagram post.
Megachurch pastor John Gray with his wife Aventer, whom he denied cheating on in an Instagram post. Facebook screen grab

A pastor at a South Carolina megachurch took to social media this week to deny allegations he cheated on his wife — again.

After appearing on a nationally televised talk show where he denied having a sexual affair, John Gray reiterated the point Tuesday on Instagram.

“So many things said about me. Some of it true. Most of it not. I didn’t sleep with anyone. Period. God is my witness,” the pastor of Greenville’s Relentless Church posted, along with a photo of his wife Aventer.

“The last three months have been the hardest of my life,” said Gray, who drew criticism when he bought his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary present in December. He was the object of scorn for visiting the White House and meeting with President Donald Trump.

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“Some seasons simply teach you a lesson and you move on,” Gray posted. “But this season was different. People wanted blood. And on the spiritual side the devil wanted to mute me. That will never happen.”

Gray admitted to making mistakes, without specifying what they were, in the Instagram post.

While Gray said he is fair game for criticism, he won’t accept negative comments made about his wife or children. In the Instagram post, he focused on aspersions made against Aventer Gray and refuted them.

“(I’ve) never seen a stronger woman in my life. Her love, grace and strength have kept this family together,” Gray said in the post. “(She) chooses me each day — in spite of the healing that’s needed because of places in me that were broken that predate her arrival.”

Before closing the message with a message of love for his wife, Gray had a warning for those who would criticize her.

“Keep my wife’s name out of your mouth. ... So try me if you want. But you gon’ honor her. And so am I,” Gray said in the post, adding the hashtag “#AlsoImNotTalkingAboutNoneOfThisAnymore.”

Gray also made news recently when he asked his congregation to pay for a new roof for their church.

Saying $250,000 was needed to fix the roof, Gray was asking for 2,500 people to make $100 donations, or “if 500 people gave $300,” the Greenville News reported.

“So now we need 499 ‘cause I got $300 on it. Anybody else?” Gray said during a Feb. 10 sermon, according to the newspaper.

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Noah Feit is a Real Time reporter with The State and McClatchy Carolinas Regional Team. The award-winning journalist has worked for multiple newspapers since starting his career in 1999.
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