Pastor John Gray, who is set to take over at Redemption Church in Greenville, South Carolina, in 2018, responded to criticism of rich church leaders by pointing out that God blessed many people in the Bible with material possessions.
“If you work hard and pay your taxes, then you should be able to live where you are able to afford. I think that pastors do have a responsibility to be wise with the things that they have,” Gray told The Greenville News, part of the USA Today network.
“We also understand that the reward in heaven is a mansion, streets paved with gold, gates that are made out of precious stones,” he continued.
“We also understand God was the one who gifted Solomon with this wisdom, riches and a long life. He did the same thing with David, and there are times when those who serve God will be blessed to have resources. The key is, are they wise with those resources?”
Gray, who has been serving as associate pastor at Lakewood Church in Texas under Joel Osteen, pointed out that he has plenty to be grateful for, as he has a TV show, a book, and owns a Range Rover, but also gives to the poor.
“We just gave $20,000 away today. So the key is not the stuff,” he stated.
“It’s people who say preachers make too much money and they shouldn’t have this or that. I understand why and how people get there, but I think they should be very cautious to understand that if the individuals that are serving are honorable and they are committed to serving, if they have saved their money and want to do something nice for their spouse or they want to live in a nice home, you’ve got one life,” the pastor positioned.
“I do, however, see something wrong with people who will pimp the church and pimp people and manipulate emotions to enrich themselves. That I do have a problem with.”
SOURCE: The Christian Post