Pastor John Gray, who leads megachurch Relentless Church and is an associate pastor at Joel Osteen's Lakewood Church, was widely criticized in December after spending $200,000 on a Lamborghini for his wife as an anniversary gift.
He defended the lavish purchase, saying he bought it as a husband, not a pastor. At the same time, Gray was living in a $1.8 million house purchased by the church in October, the Greenville News reported.
"This is not anything new," Travis Hayes, chief financial officer for Relentless, told the Greenville News. "This is a practice that is done with every denomination in the nation. That's what this is. This is an asset that belongs to the church."