A Greenville pastor recently came under fire for purchasing his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini.
In a since-deleted Instagram post, Pastor John Gray gifted his wife, Aventer Gray, with the luxury vehicle for their eight-year wedding vow renewal. While some praised him, many questioned the pastor, insinuating the money came from the church. Both he and his wife responded to the critics, the latter with an impassioned Instagram post.
"MY HUBBY IS A HARD-WORKER, HE WORKED HIS WHOLE LIFE AND HE SAVED TO BLESS HIS WIFE!!! REALJOHNGRAY AUTHOR X2, SILENT ENDORSEMENTS (YOU KNOW BECAUSE EVERYONE DOESN’T HAVE TO BRAG ABOUT WHO THEY ARE SIGNED TO) SIX TV SHOWS, MOVIE PRODUCER, SONG WRITER, TOURS,” said the first lady. “Gives away cars, full houses of furniture, coats off his back, checks before pastoring and tithes that in its entirety between 2 churches AND those he feels lead to at any given moment. BEEN WORKING FOR YEARS. GET OUTTA HERE."
Her husband, however, countered those critiquing his lavish lifestyle in a 23-minute video on Facebook Live.
“You know I never saw a good marriage growing up,” the Relentless Church pastor began. “And one of the things I was always afraid of was that I wouldn’t have what it took to be a good husband, to be a good father, because I never saw that.”
He also made it clear that before he is a pastor, he is a husband and a father.
“Get that in your spirit. I’m a husband first. Don’t confuse what I do with who I am. What I do is I pastor God’s people. Who I am is a husband and a father. And I’ll do anything to honor them. And I won’t ask permission from anybody to do it. No man should.”
He then explained the money came from his multiple sources of income. An author, producer and investor, Pastor Gray made it clear he isn’t a “pulpit pimp,” but he’s going to live his best life.
“I’m 45. I’m supposed to wait until I’m 70 to live my best life? My best life is seeing my wife happy.”
After a tearful moment, Pastor Gray concluded with a word to both his supporters and his haters.
“So anyway, I love all y’all. I’m also grateful for people who don’t like me because it just keeps me closer to God,” he said. “We’re gonna have church Sunday, and we’re gonna worship the Lord.”
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