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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. Samantha

    The Bible talks about Holiness too. Lest we forget. Grow up. God is exposing many so called christian leaders because they are fleecing His sheep. Open your ears and take the blinders off of your eyes. This man would have never confessed had he not been extorted. What a farce. It's time for the Body of Christ to grow up. Get your Bible out if you can find it and read Ezekeil 34 and Jeremiah 23. Judgement if you haven't noticed has already begun in the Body of Christ. Holiness is now and has always been God's standard.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
  2. scribble

    boo hoo wah wah, I can't stand these smarmy televangelists. With very few exceptions they are just a bunch of con artists and charlatans. They take money from hard working but unfortunately ignorant people. Just because these thieves have managed to get on television and in "churches" the size of stadiums doesn't mean they are religious. Sadly many people believe in them and send tons of money. Televangelists live lives of wealth beyond what most of us could imagine. All the money taken from people who don't know any better and often can't afford it. So boo hoo, he can all burn in he**.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:13 pm |
  3. Vesi

    This is not news. News would be, "there is a televangelist who has NOT cheated on his wife." I wonder if such individual exists.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:10 pm |
  4. Farticus

    I pooped my pants

    December 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
  5. Plant your seed - I need a new Rolls

    Of course – he knows the gullible clowns who fall for his schtick will forgive him and it'll be back to business as usual (i.e., suckering them out of their paychecks).

    You'd never have heard a word of it, of course, if the threat of extortion hadn't been hanging over his head.

    Just a pre-emptive strike on his part – no biggie. These hucksters have a well-worn road map on how to handle their shenanigans.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  6. ijreilly

    By the way, he only came out because he was being extorted. He didn't feel guilty and overcome with remorse that he just had to be honest, no he felt anger that somone is was trying to make money off him and to spite them "came out" and used it as a ploy to gain sympathy, like he was the victim. I hope all you who "donate" feel very ashamed for sponsoring the lifestyle of an obvious charlatan. As should all the Catholics who financially support such a corrupt organization as the Catholic Church. I mean honestly, when you place your money in the basket, don't you feel the slightest bit of embarassment? The poor?!?!? HA!!!...Tell it to the pope in his marble palace. I GUARANTEE the pope will not go hungry or go cold this winter. Just as Jesus would have wanted it. How do you rationalize it??? Really, How?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:01 pm |
  7. Observer

    Just another "Moral Majority" "family values" hypocrite. Nothing new. There's plenty of them.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:58 pm |
  8. JT

    For you deluded Christians who are looking to pay someone to tell you what you want to hear, I'll blow smoke up your ass for what you are shelling out to these other shysters...

    December 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
  9. JT

    For you deluded Christians who are looking to pay someone to tell you what you want to hear, I'll blow smoke up your ass for what you are shelling out to these other shysters.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  10. Terry

    Give me a break and he is still on TV? He still has a following? If it were a politician they would have had him for breakfast and by they I mean the very people who are forgiving him. Religion sure blinds the mind to reason and fairness.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  11. Chris

    sheep or "the flock" get what they deserve when they replace god n jesus with people...

    December 1, 2010 at 9:49 pm |
  12. Chris

    looks like he cheated on his wife WITH his wife, the tramp lookin' ho... so, again we have "people of god" who have no fear of god. so what does that say???

    December 1, 2010 at 9:46 pm |
  13. JT

    Wow...not since Jim Bakker has a televangelist been fornicating with a woman instead of another man. I bet if one were to dig further they would find that he's been doing a lot more than what he's had to confess to. I bet he and Bishop Long has been on a few trips together.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:40 pm |
  14. Gary

    all televangelists and evangelicals are the same benny hinn,Jim Bakker, Jimmy Swaggert,Rev Jessie jackson,Bob tilman, preach fire and brimstone, beg for money,guilt weak minded idiots into sending their hard earned money. and cheat on their wifes and do everything they tell their loser followers what not to do.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:39 pm |
  15. dan

    check his closet for lil boys

    December 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  16. Jesus

    Thomas. Thanks for your kind words. My question for you is has everyone lost their fuc*ing minds? It's a fair question and I won't put the burden on you. Like DAD wrote in a earlier post one has no idea who I am or even IF I am. I'm the first to admit that the Beatles are bigger than me cuz I can't carry a tune if my life depended on it but I digress.

    Final Thoughts: All human beings are responsible for their own actions and remember we are all connected. End of story. Don't come to me asking for forgiveness. News flash: if you don't care who you hurt in your life and you are not serving others for the greater good, don't expect DAD or me to pick up the pieces. Do good people. Walk shoulder to shoulder not one in front of the other. Meet you challenges with grace. Have fun. Quit taking things so personally.

    DAD is calling me cuz my paper route starts in a few hours. Always in peace J

    December 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  17. Sunshine

    It's really painful to see these televangelists for who they really are and what they are really after. It's all about money. Money for their big mansions, fancy cars and all the trappings that go along with. The message they preach revolves around money and their desire for more of it. They are corrupt in the heart to begin with and they live and spew corruption. Jesus was never about money or building huge monolithic buildings that have to be constantly fed instead of the poor, he was about salvation and love. Many of our modern day churches have been regretfully, way off track as well.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:31 pm |
  18. branch15

    i just love debates about faith and belief. Seems like the naysayers always feel that they have the upper-hand. It feels a little like trying to convince my teenagers that we really do know what we are talking about. I don't think non-believers (roughly 4 percent of the world's population) would get so angry if they didn't have a bit of doubt that they are right. If you are so sure, stop trying to convince believers to convince you otherwise. God Bless.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:30 pm |
  19. barbedwire

    Are you people really that surprised to hear that nobody is perfect?

    December 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  20. David W.

    I'd pay 7.5 million to a televangelist who DIDN't cheat on his wife.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
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