On Easter Sunday, Jomo Johnson, a pastor in Washington, D.C., issued a challenge to a fellow religious leader to give up his worldly possessions and live a more Biblical lifestyle:
On this Easter Day, I am calling @RealJohnGray and other Church pastors to take #TheJesusChallenge : Live one year minimally. You choose. Starting May 1st, give up one possession per day or week, or per month…until next Easter. https://t.co/LruH0OoZ3E @jesusculture @USATODAY
— House Church For Black Men & Families (@C4BMMemphis) April 21, 2019
John Gray, the controversial preacher of Relentless Church in Greenville, South Carolina, has drawn scrutiny for buying a mansion and a Lamborghini worth upwards of $200,000.
Faith leaders like Gray subscribe to the “Prosperity Gospel,” or the idea that wealth is inextricably tied to God’s favor. It has led some preachers, particularly televangelists or the heads of megachurches, to live ostentatious lifestyles.