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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 • Evangelical • Faith Now • Pastors • TV • United States

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  1. CJT

    Televangelists, talk radio, Fox news – same methodology of leading the weak-minded.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
  2. keith

    And that is shocking? its nothing new in the world of religion....surprised he didn't come outright and said he slept with a young boy

    December 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  3. Newyorker

    It's really weird how comments posted in response to every article about religion eventually turns into either a diatribe against Muslims/Islam, or a war of words between atheists and Christians. This article was simply about a televangelist who committed adultery. The only relevant things that can be said in this situation should be about the consequences regarding the televangelist's affair for his marriage and for his relationship with his followers.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
    • Cricket

      I believe we established early on he is a cad...then we moved on to a more interesting subject. His followers will still follow.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
    • asrael

      It's even more wierd how many posters claim that their commentary is more legitimate than the offerings of others...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
    • asrael

      ...and slightly embarrassing to misspell weird...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:34 pm |
  4. JD

    The men you listed at the bottom of the article are not Evangelists. They are Televangelists. There is a big difference. Evangelists preach the Bible in all of its truth. Those men and women in your article preach many things that are not in the scriptures. What a shame that so many people see those preachers on television and they think that all Christians are that way and believe those things. Too bad the media gets them confused too.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
    • Newyorker

      Thanks for enlightening me. I thought the difference was just the 'tele' part, i.e. a televangelist is just an evangelist on TV.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
    • asrael

      Perhaps JD should publish a list of "true" evangelists" to help dispel some of the confusion...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  5. BUD

    Whoooeee! All these people posting that talk regularly with the BIG GUY in the sky. Know everything HE is thinking. PLEASE next time you are in conference with him, call me up, I would like to get involved. I have a few bones to pick with SOMEONE who picks who will win the Super Bowl, but cares less about starving people etc etc.

    I love it when televangelists and politicians do hanky panky outside their marriage and apologize only when they get caught. I will be impressed when they come clean before being caught. If not caught, those dudes just keep getting under any nighties they can and walking around criticizing others. Uh BIG GUY, if you are listening, protect us from these hypocrits.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  6. Bluewing1800

    I am a struggling evangelist/minister. It is amazing to me, the number of doors that have been slammed in my face, because I have been divorced prior to my Spiritual Rebirth into the Kingdom.

    YET,

    Many of the big time Pastors have affairs and little is said or done to them.

    NOW I AM all for forgiveness, but it sure would be nice to get some of the forgiveness that many of these folks wish to withhold to others who have made mistakes in their past. I am glad, that God does not hold to the same standards that many of these folks do.

    I will just keep my feet on the road, struggling along, being faithful to my wife and to my God, and let those who throw stones at me, answer to the Lord Jesus, for their actions.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  7. doncinvegas

    Well, the new weapon against blackmail, publicly stick it up your own ass, but don't let em get their hands on all that dough, you worked hard conning people out of that, look at this guy with his nice clothes and brand new choppers,while real families are starving, i wanna bring back stockades and a bucketfuls of tomatoes...

    December 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  8. Sleuth51

    Don't confuse sincere faith in Jesus Christ with the Church. Jesus was seriouly at odds with the clergy of His day. It would be no different today. (Don't expect a minister to ever tell you this stark truth.) The clergy are a bunch of manipulators and money grabbers. Read Luke 16 (the rich man and Lazurus) and ponder the words of Christ. If you ask six ministers what it means, you will get six different answers. Follow your gut and search for the truth yourself. When Christ has set you free, you will be free indeed. Yes, free of those in clerical garb trying to subject you to their rules and phony Christianity.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:33 pm |
  9. Itsa Circus

    Do any of these Evangelicals actually believe what they preach? In all my years of living in the bible belt, I haven't seen a one that does.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  10. Kip

    baby jesus had immaculate poop ` it did not smell
    ..
    look out or he will smote your @ss

    December 1, 2010 at 2:32 pm |
  11. CEL1

    As a teenager in the 1960s, I learned a valuable lesson: TRUST NO ONE. I haven't lost touch with that reality. While I cannot state that Jesus is imaginary, I certainly do not truat any minister, priest or for that matter, rabbi. It's all about money with them. Money is power. Power corrupts, absolute power corrupts absolutely. TRUST NO ONE.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:30 pm |
  12. peakarach

    Did any christians ever realize that Jesus was a Arab man from the Middle East?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  13. Arkham

    Habakak: Your argument that the 2nd Law of Thermodynamics "might" someday be exposed as false contradicts your later point that we are moving toward truth. Also, if we can't trust anything that is written by someone who did not directly witness it, most of our scientific knowledge goes out the window. You aren't really making a coherent argument...

    December 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
  14. Peter

    I have a basket of stones, so all of you stand still so I can wing one at each one of you. I have never heard of such hypocrisy all over this blog. Get your heads out of the sand and follow your own heart not some deity from some book that is not even accurate by any standard.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  15. Tran

    corrupted people! I respect street beggers more than this couple.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:28 pm |
  16. OldCardinal

    I think his wife is pretty hot...wonder what the other babe looked like?? Wish WikiLeaks would jump on this...

    December 1, 2010 at 2:27 pm |
  17. doncinvegas

    Well, the new weapon against blackmail, publicly stick it up your own ass, but don't let em get their hands on all that dough, you worked hard conning people out of that, look at this guy with his nice clothes and brand new choppers,while real families are starving, i wanna bring back stockades and a bucketful of tomatoes...

    December 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
  18. Jesus was a space alien

    They forgave each other, however, was that to save the TV empire? The whole story is not coming out regarding the extortion plot. Where there is fraud there is extortion. You might as well give your money to the church of the flying spaghetti monster.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  19. snoopyp

    Dude, check out the look on the wife's face! Can you say "CULT"???

    December 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
  20. Riz S

    ‎... this is just another example of how religious people aren't any better than everyone else. Everyone has faults and flaws and makes mistakes. Religion doesn't instill some special set of morals that make people impervious to being simple mortals. That's just a myth.

    Pro-tip: We don't need religion!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
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