January 8, 2019
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Pastor John Gray is no stranger to controversy. Over the years he’s made headlines for applauding Nicki Minaj‘s feature on gospel singer Tasha Cobbs-Leonard‘s album and then there were the “give sex” comments he made about wives seeking validation from their husbands that went viral in 2017. And of course, most recently the infamous Sister Circle interview, where he mentioned his wife Pastor Aventer Gray, had more pain birthing him than their children.
Now the preacher turned reality television star is under more fire. And it all stemmed from a shocking (or maybe not-so-shocking) revelation that he had an affair about two years ago (watch here and start at the 3:30 mark). Because of the obvious weight the indiscretion caused on their marriage and wanting to “honor her for how she has walked with me. I’ve covered her, she’s covered me,” Gray gifted his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini SUV for their eight-year-anniversary last month.
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Two weeks after drawing praise for allowing congregants in need to take cash directly from his offering baskets, Pastor #JohnGray of Relentless Church #Greenville, South Carolina, is drawing flak for gifting his wife a Lamborghini Urusfor their eighth wedding anniversary celebration that left her screaming on Saturday. The Urus, with prices starting at about $200,000 in 2017, according to Fortune. In a clip of the moment posted on Instagram by Sue Mayweather, Gray is shown leading his wife, Aventer, to the luxury vehicle and once she realizes what the gift is, she breaks out in screams. Her husband is seen holding her hand before declaring to the crowd “#Lamborghini #Urus.” Mayweather noted that Gray’s wife also gifted him the “‘green box’ #Rolex,” a term used to describe the Rolex Explorer II This is Trapmerica. There is no need for a pastor to live like this. #yeahthatgreenville #church #pimps #pimpin #moneyhungry #wwjd #notthisshit #wtf #nonotthatgreenville
It’s almost an unfortunate given in our culture. If a pastor gifts anyone, including himself, with anything remotely nice, our heads begin to spin and we sometimes find ourselves counting their wallets. Or in this case the church’s wallet. Aventer took to social media first to clear up the speculations around the gift.
On Facebook Live the Relentless Church leader specifically addressed the same rumors surrounding the lavish gift.
“There’s a lot of stories going around about a gift I gave my wife…it wasn’t a pastor that bought the car, it was a husband who bought the car. I’m a husband first. Don’t confuse what I do with who I am. People don’t know what we’ve gone through. It’s nothing for me to bless her. What should concern people…is ‘did this man use any money from the church to do this and the answer is no, absolutely not. Me and my wife have a show on the Oprah Winfrey Network. That’s four seasons. Oh, by the way, I just signed my second book deal…I also have other streams.”
Watch the full video below.
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