Commenting on a news report that Pastor John Gray, of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, had spent around $200,000 to buy his wife a Lamborghini Urus for their 8th wedding anniversary, Christian Post reader James Demello called on the congregation to ‘fire his ass’.
Demello was one a number of people who expressed outrage over the lavish gift, and the $8000.00 Rolex Gray received in return from his wife Aventer. He wrote:
At least Jesus would have bought American. If I was a congregant, I would seriously organize to fire his ass. Then he could sell his Rolex and Lambo so as to have some offering when he attended some other celebrity preachers congregation … My wife and I live on two thousand dollars a month – and we are happy even without a Rolex.
In a clip of the moment posted on Instagram Gray is shown leading his wife to the luxury vehicle and once she realises what the gift is, she starts screaming. Her husband is seen holding her hand before declaring to the crowd “Lamborghini Urus.” Gray’s wife also gifted him the “‘green box’ Rolex”, a term used to describe the Rolex Explorer II which comes with a pricetag of approximately $8,000.
But Tyrese was ecstatic. In an Instagram post on Sunday, the singer who attended the celebration wrote:
Honored to have been there to see and witness every moment … Pastor John Gray and his beautiful First Lady renewed their vows after 8 years of marriage….fairy tail grace and magic….Honored and honored again to have been in the room and a part of you guys magical evening … May God KEEP you covered in his blood … Amen!!!
She also pointed to several sources of income outside of his work as a pastor, including as a songwriter and movie producer.
She also ordered critics to back off criticising her husband, noting that no one gets upset if basketball players drive expensive cars.
I don’t see anyone screaming about how basketball players drive what they do while you paying $$$ to see them play in arenas and on fields. We don’t live for people! We live for God! Back to my regularly scheduled grocery store trip!!! Happy Sunday!
Pastor Gray’s display of wealth comes just weeks after he criticised “pulpit pimps” who only ask churchgoers to “give, give, give”, then allowed needy church members who barely had enough gas to attend his church and food for their families to take what they needed from cash in his church’s offering baskets.
He also revealed at the time that his young church wasn’t yet financially secure.
These people don’t know what it took for me to do this. We are a six-month-old church with no savings account. We believe God every week but the Lord told me to do this because if I trust Him, whatever is left over would have to be enough.
He then explained that as God blesses the church they will make it their mission to continue blessing those in need.
Just know as the Lord keeps blessing us, we’re going to do it more and more. We’re going to start buying cars for women who are catching the bus. We’re going to buy houses for people who’ve been renting. We’re going to have more than what we need and God’s going to raise up entrepreneurs and they’re going to have so much that they’re going to sow into the vision.