According to Raw Story, South Carolina asked his congregation at The Relentless Church to contribute $250,000 to fix the roof of the church. The pastor said that the church had been in millions of dollars of debt since he took over from former Pastor Ron Carpenter.
His new request comes after being criticized for purchasing his wife a $200,000 Lamborghini Urus.
“We didn’t take an easy assignment. If we wanted an easy assignment, we would start from scratch without millions of dollars in debt,” Gray said. “We took the assignment because we knew God has given us the right people to build with. I believe the best days of Relentless Church are in front of it.”
“[Ron Carpenter] handed us keys. The keys were not to a paid off building, the keys were to an opportunity, an opportunity to continue the work,” Gray said. “Nothing you see is paid off. It wasn’t paid off when we got here.”
“This is not a plea for money, it’s a plea for partnership so we can be what we’re supposed to be.”
A report from Greenville Online said, “Gray broke down the church’s financial need on Feb. 10 by saying the roof repairs could be made if 2,500 people gave $100, or more than half could be raised if 500 people gave $300.”
Gray explained that the roof was needed in order to make the church a haven for those looking to escape extreme weather.
“The Holy Ghost said this to me so I’m going to speak it out, that there is severe weather coming to the region this spring because of all of the climate change and issues,” Gray said. “Whether you understand all the science behind it or not, or agree, I heard the Lord say, ‘I want you to make sure the house is covered so that when storms come people can come in here and be covered.'”