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Televangelist says he cheated on wife
December 1st, 2010
10:39 AM ET

Televangelist says he cheated on wife

A televangelist admitted in front of a television audience that he cheated on his wife, an announcement he made to thwart people he said were trying to extort millions of dollars from him.

The Rev. Marcus Lamb made the confession Tuesday night on his show "Celebration" with his wife Joni Lamb by his side.

The couple also displayed a special message about the incident on the website of Daystar Television Network, the couple's television network.

"At the top of the program, the Lambs shared a compelling, transparent account of a personal challenge in their marriage that occurred several years ago, involving an inappropriate relationship between Marcus and another woman," the message said.

The couple explained that there were three people who said they would expose the affair if the couple's ministry did not pay them $7.5 million.

Daystar Television Network is based in Texas and airs some of the most popular evangelists in the nation, including T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer.

- CNN Belief Blog

Filed under: Christianity • Pastors • TV • United States

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  1. jj

    And we are surprised how? Why? If he starts crying real big tears, the donations will go up even faster. People are such saps. He's milking this for all he can get, and she can't afford to leave her meal ticket. They probably planned the whole thing out.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  2. janebarl

    Christianity is a joke. WHY do people insist that this stupid BOOK written by over forty HUMANS in a span of hundreds of years is something to base all of your beliefs upon? Stop being idiots and live your life right. The bible is a work of fiction. It is full of hypocrisy and contradictions. Geez. Humans. What a bunch of sheep.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:01 pm |
  3. Yawn

    Same old boring comments when there is a moral failure.

    Non-Christians love to throw around "Don't judge me, cause your not supposed to...blah blah blah" Like they are supposed to know what my bible says. Here's a tip, you don't have to accept Jesus, but just try living like he told us to for 60 days, then when you realize that you are a pathetic failure you can have a little more sympathy for someone like this.

    and remember Jesus loves you, but I still think your an azz

    December 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  4. Teo

    So a no name tv preacher cheated on his wife, ....shocking (sarcasm). And he is announcing this to the world to prevent the extortion of millions of dollars?? It sounds more like he wants to extort his viewers and gain as many new rubber necking sympathizers as possible.

    It's the new way to achieve the American dream, make yourself infamous, say the most outrageous things, put your dirty laundry out for all to see and the $ start rolling in.......

    Help I am a good Christian man who merely did exactly what I told my flock not to do, and now I am the victim!!! All I need now is for lots of people to send me money to cure my illness, which is actually my lack of money!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  5. Nondual

    Breaking news: Christians are hypocrites. And this is news why, exactly?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
  6. Bill Fitzgerald

    Church leaders are to be held to a higher standard, excommunicated for this behavior, but in a business where he is the owner, he reports to nobody and is accountable to no set of standards. Makes no sense, but it does make dollars.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  7. tom

    He needs to come out of the closet or ask for his money back

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  8. Isabella

    If you're gonna talk the talk you better walk the walk.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  9. Dr. C. Hayward

    Don't blame Christ for it! Blame some of his followers. You cannot equate the two. I have absolutely no respect – zero, nil, zilch – for people who call themselves "Christians" but do not follow the teachings of Christ. It is wrong to mock Christianity for the actions of a few...you've seen and heard of some of them before.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  10. Dandini

    It's all about the money in this case.

    "A televangelist admitted in front of a television audience that he cheated on his wife,

    an announcement he made

    'to thwart people he said were trying to extort millions of dollars' from him."

    For the money!!! Nothing said till it would be made public!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:58 pm |
  11. Steve

    funny how he came out with this only when he was being extorted and refused to pay!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:57 pm |
  12. Isabella

    *sigh* I get so tired of all this "Christians aren't perfect" ...no, we aren't but if you're gonna be on TV preaching against something YOU'RE doing you better have your little ducks in a row. I'm a sinner saved by grace but you know what? I'm not in the pulpit nor on TV preaching to people...you want to know why? Because I have things in my life that I know are not right with God. I'm not judging Marcus Lamb, oh no...however, I do think he should have taken a step down when this happened, to repair his marriage. Same with Joni, during this shameful ordeal...and it is shameful, gentlemen, when you step out on your wife, it brings shame to her and your kids, and it destroys her self-esteem...Joni had to put on a fake smile...yes, fake because she was devastated...I just wish more ministers would be bold enough, for once, just to admit their human side...step down from the pulpit, and repair their life. It seems to always be about money. How about the one he cheated with? I'm sure she's going thru alot, too. I don't know, this is just all so sad. Why can't men and women just keep it in their pants! You have Christ dwelling in you for Heaven's sake! No pun intended. Poor Joni and the kids.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:56 pm |
  13. TamarS

    duh – is there any televangelist who hasn't cheated? they are all just show-men & show-women. anyone who memorizes the stuff they memorize and regurgitate is not a balanced human being. the wives are in it for the fame and money just like the husbands.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  14. Phil

    This is why people need to throw their support to the local congregation in their own neighborhood instead of the mega-channel coming in over the cable. It's world of difference.

    In real life, I don't know any ministers who have the clothes and hairstyles of those cardboard characters on "Christian" TV.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:55 pm |
  15. Jackson

    In some ways I respect him even less. He came out not because of any guilt or repentance but just so he doesn't have to pay the $7.5 ransom. I think it's more about the $$$$ than anything else.
    If no one had threatened to expose him would he have confessed? I don;t believe he would.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
  16. ZZTop

    Now he will pay his wife 80 Millions in alimony, child support…. 7.5 Mill wasn’t a bad deal with a option to continue to hit that A$$!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:53 pm |
  17. FAR LEFT

    What a bunch of bunk! Televangelists are just in the religious business for the money. I'm truly amazed at how many people actually believe all the crap that comes out of their mouths, and give money (lots of money) to these nuts.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  18. unbiased

    i love how everyone took this as an opportunity to trash talk christianity. grow up people. if it's not for you, don't join the club. i'm not a christian and although he did it for the wrong reasons, the man did the right thing. only reason anybody cares is because of who he is. EVERYBODY screws up. when you're perfect, you can trash talk someone else's mistakes. until then, you people need to chill out.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:51 pm |
  19. faithAmen-Ramen

    I guess because you are a televangelist, it's okay to cheat on your wife because we are humans and we make mistake. CLASSIC excuse. The Bible calls you wolf in sheep's clothing. You better off resigning and go practice real Christianity instead of from the TV. It's all show. It's ridiculous. You love your comfort more than God. That's whacked. I know God has grace on sinners, but continuing to sin is to trample on Jesus' blood. I guess it's time for you to get a new wife or change career. I know God has grace but come on. TELEVANGELIST like you is the reason why people dont want to follow God.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:48 pm |
  20. Barking Alien

    Is this really a suprise? Look at all of the other Evangelical Televangelist preachers that have had affairs such as JIm Baker. The ones that have not have affairs are in the minority. Why do people keep giving money to these charlitans? What you have are the cheaters and the cheated. A match made in heaven.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
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