Pastor John Gray Says He Did Not Use His Church’s Money To Purchase His Wife A $200k Lamborghini Truck
Pastor John Gray has released a statement following backlash he received after purchasing his wife, Aventer Gray, a new Lamborghini Urus truck – worth around $200k. The pastor’s message was distributed via Facebook Live in a 20 minute video Thursday afternoon (Dec. 13).
Within Gray’s statement, he breaks down why he came on the social platform to defend himself, why and how he purchase his wife the vehicle, and becomes emotional while sharing his tribulations.
Check out some of the excerpts of the live video below.
Pastor John Gray has released a statement after purchasing via Instagram Live
You know, I want to talk about it for a second because there are a couple of things that matter, because that I hear – and I’ve tried to not listen to it, but one of them is…’Pastor Buys His Wife This Expensive Car.’ It wasn’t a Pastor that bought the car, it was a husband, that bought the car. Get that in yo spirit. I’m a husband first. Don’t confuse with what I do with who I am. What I do is pastor God’s people – who I am is a husband and a father, and I will do anything to honor them. And I won’t ask permission from anybody to do it. No man should.
He then briefly addresses why he purchased the car for her,
When I was going up, [Reverend Reginald Lyons] was one of the foremost examples of what a husband should be. He bought his wife the best car. I forget what kind of Cadillac, it was just fly. I forgot it was so fly. But whatever the wife always drove better than the husband. Her car would go in the driveway first and he parked behind her. I don’t know why that made me cry. It meant he was covering –he was protecting his wife. He was like babe you go in first, I got you.
He then elaborates on why Reverend Lyons may hve performed these actions,
The men that I seen growing up, their wives always had a nice car. If they worked hard, their wives always had a nice car. The wife drove the Sedan, the husband drove the truck. I say that to say, in my life, I never saw a man do right by his wife. My father didn’t do right by my mom. My uncle didn’t do right by theirs. I feel the weight of an entire family on me. So when I think about what my wife has sacrificed for me. She’s given me two kids, she’s gone through a thyroidectomy, they had precancerous cells on there. People don’t know what we’ve gone through. It’s nothing to me, to bless her.
He then addresses what he thinks people should be considering, rather than the car.
What should concern people, who are actually genuinely concerned, is ‘Did this man use any money from the church to do this?’ And the answer is no, and God take my life on this live feed if I did. For those who don’t know, me and my wife have a show on the Oprah Winfrey network. Shh! Don’t tell anybody. That’s four seasons. And I’m not an actor on it, I’m a producer of it. Get that straight. Oh, by the way, I just signed my second book deal….But the book deal, comes with resources, the t.v. show comes with resources. I also have other streams, and I’ve also been wise with my savings and investments. I’m not going into detail, but the point is this, I have created and been patient for this moment. I’m 45 – I’m supposed 70 to live my best life? My best life is seeing my wife happy, it’s not like I’m sitting up trying to something for me I want my wife to be happy and every man should be able to do whatever is in his ability to do. Nobody knows how long it took to work. To invest. Because all of those things matter.
About 13 minutes into the video, Gray becomes emotional and discusses his move to Greenville, SC,
“…And here’s the other thing. My babe just – I was getting ready to say it, when we got here, we came here on faith. And let me tell you what faith is, faith is not knowing where you’re going to lay your head. We were staying in hotels: me, my wife, my kids. We were staying in different hotels, for months, preaching the gospel. So that everybody else could get established, because we believed in the vision. We made sure, our whole staff had places to stay, while we were sitting in hotels double rooms…when I would travel and go out of town. I had to pack a bag, go to the airport, come back and forth. And when we werent in a hotel, we were finally able to get an AirBNB. Up until a month ago – hear me – a month ago when we were able to get a home. Nobody knows the sacrifices that goes with ministry.
He then explains why he purchased the car for his wife,
I saw my wife eye’s light up. She was like, ‘Oh my gosh. This would be a dream.’ That’s all she had to say to me. Now I didn’t have the money, I said, ‘Babe, make one up in the computer like you like it. And then, she did, I took that printout. Little did she know, God was blessing me with another deal; so I took some of that money, put a deposit down, but the car is a lot. And I was just like, just because you put a deposit down don’t mean you’re gonna get approved. But until February, until last Saturday, I was walking on faith. And by the grace of God, wise investments, savings, wonderful opportunities, and deals that the LORD DID; THE LORD DID; THE LORD DID. I was able to be a blessing to my wife. And naw, for those who are asking, ‘Well is it paid off?’ First of all, that’s none of your business, but no. So I’m not gonna tell you. The point is, I was able to bless my wife. Nobody sees the sacrifice. nobody knows this is a one off thing, I been working on that for 10 MONTHS, hoping that God would show up, and He did.
He then shared something his wife expressed to him two nights prior,
She said something two nights ago, that will stay with me for the rest of my life: ‘You made my dreams come true; with this beautiful vow renewal; the way you have lavished me with your gifts, your love – your expression of love.’ She said, ‘If I leave here, you blessed me.’
Observe the full rant below.
Do you think Pastor Gray should have defended himself in this way or were his explanations necessary and justifiable?