The pastor of a mega church in South Carolina, United States, defended the purchase of a $ 200,000 Lamborghini luxury car as a gift for his wife on their eighth wedding anniversary.
Pastor John Gray captured the headlines over the weekend after an Instagram video of the moment he handed his wife the keys to the “Lamborghini Urus” wrapped in a ribbon on Saturday went viral.
Pastor John Gray: Draws $ 200,000 shots at Lamborghini as a gift for his wife on the wedding anniversary
Gray, who is the pastor of the Relentless Church, later emphasized online that he had purchased the vehicle for his wife, while refuting the critics who made suggestions about whether he bought the car with church money.
“God helped me make my wife’s dream come true,” Gray said in an Instagram post on Tuesday. “Why not? She has made mine come true!
He then addressed the issue in a video on Facebook Live on Thursday, in which he doubled in his defense of the purchase and said “not a penny, not a dime” of church money went to the gift.
“First of all, it was not a pastor who bought the car, it was a husband who bought the car,” Gray said in the video.
“I am a husband first, do not confuse what I do with who I am, what I do is shepherd the people of God, who I am is a husband and a father and I will do anything to honor them. do what “.
“My wife has pressed for my dreams and my vision, and she has worked with a man who is still trying to find himself,” Gray continued. “That carries a weight, I wanted to honor her for how she covered me.”
“What should worry the people who really are really concerned is” did this man use any money from the church to do this? “And the answer is no, absolutely no,” he continued.
Some critics pointed to the pastor’s association with Lakewood Church pastor Joel Osteen, who once proclaimed: “It is God’s will that you live in prosperity instead of poverty.”
Osteen has also captured criticism for his lifestyle, including living in a $ 10.5 million mansion in River Oaks, according to the Houston Chronicle.
However, other social media users supported Gray and his wife, Aventer Gray, and questioned why people criticized the purchase because the pastor also has other forms of income.
Gray’s wife also launched into her husband’s defense on Instagram, mentioning a number of different projects in which her husband is currently involved, including a reality show on the Oprah Winfrey Network (OWN) and its various book agreements.
“I do not see anyone screaming about how basketball players handle what they do while you pay $$$ to watch them play in the stadiums and in the fields … We do not live for the people! We live for God!” He said. the post.