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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. markr1957

    So yet another televangelist got caught cheating – and the big surprize here is what exactly? If God truly cared he'd have made this man choke on his own lies, but I can turn on my TV and hear Joel Osteen any night of the week, so I know that ain't going to happen.
    As for God – I accept a 'first cause' but the Bible version can't come close to the real thing. First Cause happened 14 billion years ago and took all of a nanosecond or less to create all the matter (and anti-matter) in the entire universe – way cooler than 8000 years ago and took a whole week!
    As for Jesus try and read your Bible, folks – this man spent his first 3 years telling eveyone in synagogue what a crock religions were and until Saul of Tarso (a Roman, not a Jew) hellenized and mythologized what Jeshua was teaching it was purely humanist in nature. Yeshua was trying to abolish religion, but Saul converted what was taught into a new religion – what a horrible end to the teaching of a great man.
    As for what drives human nature – it's called DNA. It demands that we reproduce to ensure its survival, even though human intelligence tells me that if we keep breeding at the current rate we will use up the last resources on this planet within 5-6 more generations, after which there will be another major extinction of life on the planet and the bacteria will have to start over. GO HUMANS!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:29 pm |
  2. Jesus

    Dear Tellmenolies and Thomas,

    Great questions. I've asked DAD many times about his agenda Thomas. He doesn't talk much these days. Maybe it's his age-I don't know. And you're right. DAD sent me on this journey alone, I made a few friends along the way, did the whole fishes and loaves thing etc. I thought this gig isn't too bad and I was following Abraham's path of generosity. Turns out to be not so much.

    Then Dad asks me to do him a favor. Actually I thought he was going to ask me to take the garbage out. Color me stunned. He told me he would explain later and I trusted him. I gather my friends (some friends they turned out to be), Mary join us at the last minute. Whoever made the brisket, please send the recipe. Suddenly, dinner's over. To make a long story short, I do the crown of thorns thing (hurts like heck), my feet hurt, get stapled to the cross then POOF! I vanish for a few days. What was that all about?? I saw DAD a few days later and he would never talk about it again.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:28 pm |
    • Thomas

      So when your friends had a few beers and moved that big stone, did you ever think people would be gullible enough to consider a simple case of grave robbery as a religion?

      You are a hoot Jesus.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
  3. Joshua Ludd

    Televangelist cheated on his wife. If she is surprised, she is probably the only one.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:27 pm |
  4. Greg

    Let's stone that dude!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:25 pm |
  5. deb

    Sounds like this guy is just another money grubbing, egotistical jerk hiding behind religion to make a buck! There are so many hypocrites in the church that it is really scary. I don't belong to any religion (I consider myself spiritual) but I know there are many people who really try to follow their religions and live a good, decent life. Likewise, there are many agnostics and atheists who are good people and wouldn't dream of cheating on their spouses. People need to live and let live and quit judging so much. Being an atheist doesn't mean your way of believing is right any more than being a Christian, Jew, Muslim, Buddhist or whatever is right. The fact is, no one knows what happens after we die. We need to respect each other a little more. What has happened to our society? We used to have respect for other opinions and manners. It's a sad state of affairs. I personally think it's the anonymity here. People weren't so confrontational before the internet.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:23 pm |
  6. the lord works in mysterious ways

    Wouldn't that be funny if Lamb was in Lambda, Lambda, Lambda.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  7. GillenH20

    How shocking! Not really. I guess the only surprise for me is that his affair was actually with another woman. Ministers are usually much more perverse.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  8. DJ

    My religion allows for this kind of transgression. We're taught that without mistakes we cannot learn, so we're encouraged to make our mistakes. I've made the same mistake as this man at least 230 times. My wife forgives me because she knows I need to learn from my mistakes, and without mistakes there is no learning. We're also told that we should take what we want, that the strong are holy and shall survive. Oh, and drugs are okay, for yea, it is a horrible mistake to consume them, and therefore we must consume them in order to learn not to consume them. The really sad thing is that at least 10% of the people reading this tripe (and I mean my comment) are waiting for me to say the name of the religion so they can sign up. Hocus pocus.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:22 pm |
  9. Tukker

    "an announcement he made to thwart people he said were trying to extort millions of dollars from him."

    So if that wouldn't have happened, he would simply have continued cheating on her.
    What a loser that guy.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:19 pm |
  10. the lord works in mysterious ways

    I haven't worn underwear during any of my posts in this string.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  11. tiredofitall

    If they weren't in it for the money then they would live a normal, below their means lifestyle and all of the profits would go to the charities and the soup kitchens and the homeless shelters and the battered women's shelters and the organizations against child abuse etc .etc. etc..............a friend used to call these guys BIG D-- preachers because they take advantage of the people that follow them..............

    December 1, 2010 at 5:18 pm |
  12. the lord works in mysterious ways

    we should also be able to settle the whole pro-life/pro-choice thing right here, right now. Again, a few more minutes and we should all be in agreement. I prefer broccoli over cauliflower.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
  13. Greg

    These televangelist are today's money changers in the temple. If Jesus were here today he would toss them out on their ear.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:14 pm |
  14. losano

    That is the fruit of the PROSPERITY GOSPEL.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:11 pm |
  15. the lord works in mysterious ways

    I just vomited in my mouth.........all better now.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
  16. the lord works in mysterious ways

    God vs. Godzilla – any takers?

    December 1, 2010 at 5:05 pm |
  17. MrsFizzy

    I'm not usually one of those who says "this is news?!" and yes I did click on it but I really question why this was in the top headlines! Maybe because so many people click on it to see what's the big deal...!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  18. the lord works in mysterious ways

    I am confident that we will all be able to settle this whole god thing right here, right now. Just a few more minutes of debate and I am sure we will all be in agreement.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:02 pm |
  19. Jon

    T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer and this guy have been preaching the health and wealth prosperity gospel for far too long. True Christians need to stand up and confront these false teachers... It is sad to see so many fall to this satanic system of religion. Jesus spoke of picking up your cross. Beware of the teachers that tickle the ears of the masses,... Just another sign of the times. Repent. surrender at the feet of the cross. give your life to Jesus..

    December 1, 2010 at 4:58 pm |
    • JT

      What's a True Christian®? This registered trademark is way overused and I'm still trying to figure out which one of you who claim this distinction is the real True Christian®.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:36 pm |
  20. the lord works in mysterious ways

    a chicken makes a lousy house pet

    December 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
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