Megachurch preacher buys wife a $200,000 Lamborghini, tells parishioners ‘Don’t confuse what I do with who I am’
This preacher’s wife has no reason to be late to church.
Megachurch Pastor John Gray bought his wife Aventer a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus for their eight year anniversary, which he felt a need to explain on a 23 minute clip on Facebook after catching a lot of flak.
Ironically, Gray, who said he started preaching in 1994, started the video with a transportation metaphor.
“I want to thank the people who have been walking with me,” the Greenville, S.C. based holy man said before explaining the lavish present.
“The reason my wife and i wanted to have an eight-year wedding celebration is because I needed a new beginning — eight is the number of new beginnings,” he said.
He also clarified that being a pastor is just his job and he’s a husband first.
“Don’t confuse what I do with who I am,” he said.
Gray, wearing a black hoodie with is church logo emblazoned on it, alternates between speaking with the hood on and with it off as his moods change during the video.
First of all, it wasn’t a pastor that bought the car, it was a husband that bought he car -- get that in your spirit,” he barked.
He also claimed that his money doesn’t come from the Relentless Church, where he preaches. Rather, Grey said it’s his side businesses that finances the sports car.
“Me and my wife have a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network,” he said. “I’m not an actor on it, I’m a producer of it. Get that straight. Gray also boasted that he’s had book deals, then plugged his most recent one.
“Go buy it,” he said.
In conclusion, Gray thanks a friend named James for reaching out to him when the Lamborghini controversy started. James wife is apparently being cured of cancer, which Gray compared to his own ordeal.
“Nobody is going to tell you how to bless your wife,” he said. “If I bought my wife a mid-sized car, they wouldn’t have said nothing. But because I fought to give her the best I could, people have something to say.”
Before moving to South Carolina to lead his own congregation, Grey was an associate pastor at TV preacher Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church in Houston, Tx.