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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. Justa Cafe

    More proof that Dog is dead. Who gives a flying phuck about these pay-for-salvation evangelists. It's all about money, power and control. Period. The same goes for the rest of those mono-theistic organized crime syndicates masquerading as religions. What a bunch of elitist snobs! Their book is better than my book. They is not wrapped tight. Religious fanatics on the air every night, saying the bible tells the story and makes the details sound real gory about what to do if the geeks over there don't believe in the book we got over here. And the humble TV servant, with white hair and a brown suit and maybe a blond wife who takes phone calls, tells us it's okay to do this stuff then we're supposed to do it because if we don't do it we ain't goin' right up to heaven. Is it that we're dumb? We can't really be dumb if we're just following god's orders, 'cause after all he wrote this book here. And in the book he says he made us all to be just like......him. So, if we're dumb, then god is dumb. And maybe even a little bit ugly on the side.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  2. Answerman28

    Jeesh he makes a living telling lies to pathetic, egotistical and stupid people. So we expected him to be faithful? LOL.. . Look at his stupid wife next to him and her fake smile.. This is religion at work people.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:52 pm |
  3. Sam

    Agree with Steve J. If you say sorry after eating chili – does it stop burning your mouth? NO! So saying sorry does not save your rear from burnign in hell.
    BTW: how can this type of people preach and how others can still listen to them baffles me. God's people/messengers/ church people/ preachers should be required to be better than common people regarding at least CHARACTER and MORALITY. I do not care about their amount of money – but they should not have greed. If they do mistakes like this idiot then they should just resign and stop preaching and do other thing for their livelihood. Just don't pollute or defame Christianity by continuing to preach when you are not perfect or rather worse than even your own followers in terms of morality or strength of character.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  4. Jesus was a space alien

    Is this a surprise? Look at Jim Baker and all of the other Evangelical Televengelists. The minority are the ones that have not had affairs. The whole story has not come out regarding the extortion plot. Where their is fraud there is extortion. You might as well send your money to the church of the flying spaghetti monster.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:51 pm |
  5. Brickell Princess

    Remember, this season to celebrate REASON!

    You KNOW it is all a MYTH.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  6. JoeM

    This should serve as a lession to christians. The enemy of our God plants tares like these, lifts them up and disgraces them in view of all. Have you not seen this happen again and again. Jesus is our standard trust only him.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:49 pm |
  7. D-fresh

    I am not here to impose my beliefs just want to state facts. The bible is god's word according to its followers, however it was written by a man and the text was changed by a king. Feel free to devote your life to a story book. One could argue that there is little difference in worshiping a superman comic book instead of the bible. Life lessons can be drawn from that comic just the same as a bible . The theme that good will triumph over evil ect... Which is why these evangelists are the worst kind of people, they prey upon the less educated to donate money to there church and line their pockets so they can better spread the word of god. They are no different from you and me except they willingly exploit others. This is a prime example, this clown preaches morals and values and was a cheater. But everyone can learn from there mistakes right? I agree but this low life only came clean when he was facing extortion. ( also strange for a large sum of 7.5 million. Seems like a lot of money to have for someone who devotes there life to god). Wouldn’t god want you to help a hungry child instead of putting in a 30k sound system in your church? Middle America WAKE THE F UP!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:48 pm |
  8. may

    Money, money, money. Where money is involved, forgiveness comes easily. The Mrs stands to loose too much if she and he don't 'mend' their ways. The price is too high, there would go all that prestige.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:47 pm |
  9. Matt

    Since Pentacostals like Rev. Lamb believe the Bible is inerrant and literally true, when will he be scheduling his stoning for adultery?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:46 pm |
  10. DNA

    Creeptastic.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:44 pm |
  11. Harry the K

    Sure is easy to see the real beleivers from all others when you read these posts. Also real easy to see where this country is headed when reading these (hearts) I mean blogs.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:42 pm |
  12. Ry

    Just goes to show that every person, no matter their religion, moral standard or belief is without sin and fault. Forgiveness is a powerfull thing. Im glad they were able to work out their marraige through this difficult time. Praise God!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:40 pm |
  13. Actions matter - not Intentions!

    Actions result in tangible Consequences. In our courts, we hold offenders accountable for their actions when proven. Usually juries/judges do not forgive offenders simply because they had good intentions. Punishment depends on the severity of the consequences of offenders' actions to others. So to believe that one can commit sins and then be fully forgiven simply by asking for forgiveness, does not make sense – because to be truly absolved, one should also be able to fully undo the consequences to others of their sinful actions which is impossible because the sinful actions have already occcurred and the damage to others is done. In the present, case, whether the Reverend feels he is absolved or not is inconsequential. To be truly absolved, he should be able to undo the damage of his sinful actions caused to others. The betrayal of trust, sorrow, pain, loss of reputation, etc. caused to his wife, familly, friends, church, etc. simply cannot be undone.
    In the current case, the Reverend appears to have taken the first step, namely accepted responsibility. Now if his future actions can demonstrate throughout the remainder of his life, to his friends, flock, church, family, etc. , that he is worthy of the trust, faith, responsibility reposed in him, he might come close to getting true forgiveness – if that is what he seeks. True forgiveness has to be earned with appropriate, consistent and tangible actions over the rest of one's life. Of course, there are some sins from which any kind of redemption may be impossible (genocide, serial killers, and the like). The Reverend should be thankful he has an opportunity to redeem himself and earn it.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:36 pm |
  14. Robrob

    "Have you ever lusted after one other than your spouse ?"

    Have you ever had a national ministry where you told people not to lust after anyone other than your spouse?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
  15. Anne

    Gee, isn't this odd, unusual, never-heard-of this-before kind of news?! Am a devout Christian who is so so so so so sick of pseudo Christian MEN in the pulpit hanging on to their lifestyles and income rather than their virtues and values. I TRUST NO ONE any more because of them.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  16. Joe

    This one was easy. Spill the beans or pay $ 7.5MM. Easy.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  17. Sean

    Televangelists must be the horniest and least self-controlled group of individuals on the planet. I swear there is an article every other week about these frauds not being able to keep their snake it its cage.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  18. teepee

    7 million? Dang! I need to be a preacher!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:32 pm |
  19. sonny trinh

    Oh there is another one? This time he is gay or straight?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  20. DenverGrl

    money + power over the minds of many = corruption. Congratulations Mr. Lamb, I trust and respect televangelists even less than I did before, which was hardly at all.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
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