In the wake of a public dispute about financial issues between Redemption Church and Relentless, Pastor John Gray told his congregation Sunday morning that Relentless is in Greenville to stay.
“I have heard that we were being evicted,” Gray told the crowd at the 8:30 a.m. service. “We are not being evicted because we have paid our bills.”
Relentless has made all lease payments on the buildings on its Greenville campus, Gray said, adding that there are ongoing negotiations, but the process is complicated.
“We are quietly working behind the scenes, and it’s unfortunate that something was shared outside the body of Christ. … We are not going to adjudicate this in public,” he said.
He also urged the congregation not to “trash” Redemption or its founders Ron and Hope Carpenter as the two groups work on an “amicable understanding.”
“All of this is a distraction because the enemy wants us to fight each other,’ Gray said.
In a sermon titled “The Final Say,” Gray compared he Old Testament story of Jacob, who wrestled with God, and the New Testament story of one of the two thieves who was crucified next to Jesus.
Both men were changed irrevocably by their encounters with God. The thief was told by Jesus that he would join Jesus in paradise, and Jacob’s name was changed to Israel, and he would become a patriarch.
“God said he wasn’t trying to make a man out of Jacob, he was trying to make a nation out of him,” Gray said.
Source: Greenville News