A well-known pastor who currently serves at a megachurch in Greenville, South Carolina is defending his lavish anniversary gift to his wife. John Gray, the same pastor who drew praise from around the world for giving tithes directly from the collection plate to veterans, single parents and widows, has gotten a lot of backlashes after he gave his spouse a $200,000 Lamborghini.
John, who leads Relentless Church and is an associate pastor at Joel Osteen’s Lakewood Church, quickly went viral when a video showed him giving a very expensive gift to his wife Aventer Gray. He got the idea for the gift after seeing a presentation at a hotel.
The video posted on Instagram, which has since been deleted, shows Gray wearing a black tie leading his wife through a crowd and surprising her with the car.
“God helped me to make my wife’s dream come true. Why not? She’s made mine come true!”
Some netizens praised the pastor for being a loving husband to his wife, but others called him untrustworthy as many believed that he got the money from his “gullible followers” to pay for the car.
John took to Facebook to defend his gift. He got a little emotional while explaining his decision. He stated that it was merely a gift from a husband to a wife.
“My wife has pushed for my dreams and my vision, and she has toiled with a man who is still trying to find himself. That carries a weight. I wanted to honor her for how she’s covered me.”
John noted that he bought the luxury car with “not a nickel, not a penny” of his salary from the church or other church money. He said that he saved his money for years that he earned from other sources, such as his second book deal and his Oprah Winfrey Network reality TV show “The Book of John Gray.”
John Gray has been a pastor at the Greenville megachurch since May. It has an estimated 22,000 parishioners on multiple campuses.
4 Stray Dogs Follow Homeless Man Admitted To Hospital, Patiently Wait For His Recovery
Man’s (four) best friends, indeed.
Some friendships are just too precious for this world. A homeless man was recently admitted to the hospital for a pre-existing illness. Interestingly, he wasn't alone. Soon, the hospital staff discovered that four stray dogs had followed the man to the medical center and were anxious about their friend.
The incident happened at Hospital Regional Alto Vale in Santa Catarina, Brazil. A homeless man named César was brought to the hospital for immediate treatment. Although he lived in the streets, it became clear that César had several friends who were concerned about his wellbeing. The staff found the four stray dogs waiting by the hospital door and looking very worried about their companion.
These stray dogs are concerned for their friend who has been taken away.
15 Heartwarming Marriage Proposals That Are Definitely Out of the Ordinary
That “Dance Off” proposal made me tear up!
A word of advice for the men out there: if you're planning to propose, you have to make it a moment. Sure, dropping on one knee, and holding a ring before finally popping the life-changing question can be romantic. But if you want to make the day more memorable, you really have to do more than that.
To give you an idea of what we mean, you can go check out the awesome collection below. These creative gentlemen took the most unconventional ways of proposing to surprise and delight their future spouses - and man, their efforts definitely paid off well for them.
#1. Permanent Proposal
For Vinnie Capaldo-Smith's proposal, he asked his tattoo artist girlfriend Brooke Wodark to ink his leg. During the session, he pulled his shorts up to reveal another tattoo that says "Will you marry me?" complete with the Yes or No options. Fortunately for him, Brooke marked the Yes box. Watch the heartwarming video above! ...
Man’s Epic Proposal Included 16 Adorable Dogs To Surprise His Girlfriend
“Because releasing dogs is so much better than releasing doves!”
How's this for an epic proposal? One man decided to pop the question on top of a canyon covered in a bed of roses. If that's not amazing enough, he also enlisted 16 adorable dogs to surprise his girlfriend as soon as she said yes.
New York-based freelance author Laura Stampler got an awesome surprise on a recent to Los Angeles, California. On the last day of the trip, her boyfriend Maurice Goldstein brought her to the top of Runyon Canyon in Hollywood Hills, which was covered in rose petals. Goldstein then got down on one knee and asked Stampler to marry him.
Stampler admitted she had a feeling Goldstein would propose but was still in for a major surprise.