One of the former pastors of a South Carolina megachurch returned to deliver a guest sermon Sunday, and while pledging her support to the controversial current pastor issued a threat to a local newspaper, video shows.
While appearing at Relentless Church in Greenville, Hope Carpenter took the stage for a brief sermon, according to a video of Sunday’s service posted on YouTube.
Carpenter, who served as co-pastor with her husband Ron Carpenter when it was known as Redemption Church, was praising the current pastors — John and Aventer Gray.
But at the end of her address, video shows Carpenter made a comment directed toward the Greenville News, which is one of several media outlets that has reported on some of the controversies surrounding John Gray.
“I love you Pastor John and Pastor Aventer. I believe in you. I’m praying for you. I’m rooting for you,” Carpenter said, before adding, “I cut people.
“I got a knife right in that pocketbook. Greenville News, come on. We done went through this. I’m still here, and guess who else is still gonna be here?” Carpenter said, then pointing at the Grays.
In a statement, the church said: “Pastors John and Aventer did not know what pastor Hope would say. She was given the microphone out of honor. Neither our pastors or anyone in our leadership would agree with any type of communication that would encourage or incite violence against another individual or entity. While we believe Pastor Hope was joking, we completely understand how her comments could be received in today’s climate. There is no place in our society for words that could fan the flames of discord.”
Gray drew criticism when he bought his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini as an anniversary present in December, The State reported. He was the object of scorn for visiting the White House and meeting with President Donald Trump.
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SOURCE: Columbus Ledger-Enquirer, Noah Feit