John Gray and Relentless Church Leaders Display ‘Force of Unity’ After Ron and Hope Carpenter Ask Court to Evict Them from Church Building

Robert Gray, director of pastoral care at Relentless Church in Greenville, S.C., leads elders and congregants in prayer on Jan. 5, 2019. | Screenshot: Facebook/Relentless Church

Through prayers, praise and unabashed declarations Sunday, Pastor John Gray and his team of ministry leaders at Relentless Church in South Carolina displayed a united front just days after Redemption Church founders Ron and Hope Carpenter asked a local court to evict them from their church building.

“We are relentless and we will stand and we will not be moved,” Robert Gray, director of pastoral care at Relentless Church, declared as he led elders in prayer during a morning service broadcast on Facebook.

“As we as elders stand here together as a force of unity, we thank you, Father God, that this house stands here together today … not the building but this body. We stand together today, Father, declaring your word over this body. Thanking you, Father God, that you have sent Pastor John and Pastor Aventer here for such a time as this — to take us to another level,” he prayed.

John Gray was given until the end of 2019 to vacate the property by the Carpenters amid allegations that he had been “shady” and “dishonest” in executing a transfer agreement after they passed the reins of their Redemption Church to him in 2018. The church was rebranded as Relentless Church.

Gray, through his legal team, has rejected the allegations and insisted to his congregation via a pre-recorded address that he has been abiding by the terms of the deal he has with the Carpenters.

“I want to reassure you once again that all of the things that you are hearing, please remember, I have not changed and we have not changed our stance. We have paid what we owe according to our agreement, and everything is going to be shared at the right time through the proper legal channels. But until then, we, the Relentless Church, will continue to have service and we will maintain the moral high ground. I am greatly grieved that there would be anyone or any spirit that would seek to harm the church openly in the name of Jesus,” Gray insisted.

“I will leave all of that up to God, and I will do what is in the best interests of our church, which is serve Jesus, meet the needs of the poor and be … the hands and feet of Jesus in our community.”

Gray further explained that he was not in church on Sunday because he had a pre-planned commitment with his wife, Aventer, “before there was a setup with a camera to serve papers to our church.”

He said he was tempted to interrupt his time with Aventer to address the situation directly but feels “confident not only in the power of the living God to cover and protect His church, I am also fully confident in the leaders that we have in Relentless Church on a pastoral level and on an eldership level that God is going to continue to cover what belongs to Him.”

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SOURCE: Christian Post, Leonardo Blair