Living in Greenville SC it is hard not to listen to local or national news and not hear about Greenville Pastor John Gray of Relentless Church and the $200,000 anniversary gift he gave his wife. In his defense Gray has said he has saved his money for years and drew on a variety of sources financially including his second book deal and the fourth season of The Book of John Gray, his Oprah Winfrey Network reality-TV show, to pay for the gift. I also know the church is very involved in the community and does good things in the Greenville area however I also believe that the version of Christianity that John Gray, Joel Osteen, Steven Furick’s of the world bloviate are the very ones who have given American Christianity the black eye that it deserves. If I was starving for religion and walked into a religious buffett restaurant and I had the choice of anything I wanted, including American Christianity, I would walk away hungry because there would be nothing that would appeal to me. John Gray may be a good man but like he and the others it is all about the money. I have always thought pastors were like football coaches. You would never see Dabo leave Clemson and go to Furman much like you would never see John Gray leave Relentless Church to go to my Church that has around 100 people on Sunday mornings. For some reason when the Lord speaks it is always a move upward and it’s always about the Benjamins. Pastor Gray asked “What is the big deal?” Their to me lies the problem. He doesn’t know that it is a big deal. He doesn’t understand that it is a big deal. He can’t see that it is a big deal. Besides, Jesus would have bought American.
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I heard his defense this morning and found it compelling. I hope it was “his” money but you are correct. Such purchases give Christians a bad name.
Welcome to the world of blogging. Bloviate, fine use of the word there. The only prominent pastor that I know of that stepped back from a large church is Francis Chan. My biggest grip with these type of preachers is there lack of anything with any theological depth and they draw more of a crowd than a congregation.
I’ve got to laugh when I see those guys in action, but then I remember how rich they are by taking money from people who are just looking for a way to get through the night.