After enduring a week he described as “one of the most difficult of our lives,” Relentless Church Pastor John Gray enjoyed strong support from his congregation in South Carolina Sunday. Gray drew flak for splurging on a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus for his wife on their eighth wedding anniversary.
“I think any husband wants to give his wife nice things,” said Relentless member Willie J. Smith, who told The Greenville News that the criticism his pastor is getting is much ado about nothing.
“I’ve never understood this notion that Christians are supposed to be poor, even though God has promised us blessings. Pastor Gray had been blessed financially long before he ever came to Relentless Church, and I think it’s great that his wife doesn’t have to drive a clunker. I think every man here feels that way,” Smith added.
Church member Tonya Bethea told the publication that the controversy gave her more resolve in her faith.
“If a pastor has the ability to bless his wife with a great gift and doesn’t do it, something is wrong,” she said. “Things like this are not common in our area, and maybe that’s why so many have opinions on it, but I’m glad our pastor is blessed and glad he shows his love for his wife.”
Gray cited the book of Ephesians as part of the fuel that drove him to lavish his wife, Aventer, with the expensive gift in a 23-minute monologue broadcast on Facebook Live outside his church last Thursday and made it clear that he would not apologize for blessing his wife with money that he earned.
“Here’s the truth, husbands love your wives like Christ loves the Church. Even giving himself a ransom. That means give everything. Sow everything. Give the best of everything. And that’s where I’m at,” Gray said, quoting from Ephesians 5.
In the monologue on Thursday, Gray, who remains an associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Texas, explained that he was still paying for the Lamborghini after making a deposit on it in February. He also reiterated a statement made earlier by his wife that he worked very hard to pay for the Lamborghini. He noted that he saved from a variety of income streams including his second book deal and his Oprah Winfrey Network reality TV show “The Book of John Gray,” which is in its fourth season.
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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair