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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. Jill

    Wow I am shocked by how many atheists attack a man who is admitting his sin. It takes TRUE courage for the man to come out and admit this. When my husband cheated on me, he looked me in the eyes and told me the truth. I saw God found him again and all was well. More women should be like Mrs. Lamb. Forgiving.

    It's in the bible. Men are tempted by us since we were the first ones to sin. We should try and lay off Mr.Lamb. I know I sure have.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:49 am |
  2. Darlene

    Satan is trying for the Lambs. They are blesed and will forever be in Jesus name.

    Please support the Lambs fight Satan.

    Watch and donate to Daystar.

    One day One god Daystar

    Amen

    December 2, 2010 at 4:34 am |
  3. Darlene

    I have been a lifelong Daystar watcher. These brave souls came out to show the world Satan was wanting money. How dare you judge them. Please tune in to Daystar and donate for the needy. We need to give at least 20% of our income to the church.

    God Bless the Lambs. True brave Christians.

    Daystar, all day everyday in God's name AMEN!

    December 2, 2010 at 4:26 am |
    • Yeah

      Oh yes, Mrs. Lamb... suuuure, we will...

      December 2, 2010 at 4:50 am |
  4. Wisdom4u2

    Where's my comment? This is really starting to bug me. I didn't say anything worth censoring!
    I hope MSNBC isn't so sensitive!!!

    December 2, 2010 at 4:25 am |
  5. TheAlaskaCurmudgeon

    Yet another.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:20 am |
  6. ziggy

    so if it wasn't for the extortionists he wouldn't have come out. lol

    December 2, 2010 at 3:53 am |
  7. mtnmedic

    Religion is nothing more than a cult, a front for evil and an excuse for stupidity. Its hallmark is hypocrisy. Religion is the all-time champion of exaggerated claims and false promises.

    "The God I believe in isn't short of cash, mister." – Bono, U2

    December 2, 2010 at 3:52 am |
  8. Barbarian

    And Lindsay Lohan likes to do blow. Why does this not surprise me? He joins the Jimmy Swaggart/Jim Bakker club. Yet people will continue to send money, failing to see through the hypocrisy ...

    December 2, 2010 at 3:50 am |
  9. J

    @DanW. "Pot meet kettle" ??? Let's see. 1. I've never cheated on my wife. 2. I don't preach one thing and do the other in a situation where people are giving me money straight out of their wallets. This happens to these hypocrites way too much. How can you blame a rational thinking corner of society for being judgmental when this crap is in the news every other day?

    December 2, 2010 at 3:26 am |
  10. Wickedoll

    Wow... color me shocked. A Televangelist cheats on his wife? That sure doesnt happen a lot, does it? <– That was sarcasm for those that didnt get it.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:50 am |
  11. Peace2All

    @Phil

    Hi Phil...

    This is something that has been on my mind, and I can't seem to get any truly rational answers to my questions.

    You Said: "God did not make man sin but he allowed for it to happen. He gave us a free-will to be able to choose to sin or to love Him. Evil does not come from God but rather from our choices. God is all-knowing."

    And this is where I really don't understand Christian logic or reasoning here, at all. Maybe you, or any other believers can help me out...?

    IF...God is 'all-knowing,' and... at the same time 'allows' us choice, or, in other words, "He gave us 'free-will,' then, that would mean or be = to God, 'already' knowing from the beginning who is going to believe/accept Him/Jesus, etc... in advance, as He is all-knowing and 'created' everyone and everything...because He, well... is God. THEN, how *specifically* does that not make God, at the very least, indifferent, to at the most an evil sadistic God, as he already created the game, and everyone in it, set it in motion, while knowing full-well who is going to do what at any time, and their will be the one's who – will end up burning in 'eternal torment' and 'hell'.... forever, and the one's that He created, and knows already who is going to Heaven...? I just don't get this Christian rationale...at all...!

    I understand, possibly at our human level of perception, it 'may' seem like free-will. But, if God already knows– and we are his creations, seems kinda' 'f-u-c-ked for the ones that were created that way, (going to hell) and he already knows, and does nothing about it...yes...?

    I mean, how does a 'believer' rationalize that...? And, secondly, how is that in any way, shape or form...o.k...? In other words, how do you get somehow an all-loving God out of this, who will *allow* us to burn forever, when he could do something to stop it...?

    And, certainly, shouldn't that kind of 'concept' or opinion you 'believers' have of God be open to discussion and debate about this...?

    As an 'agnostic,' I am sincerely curious...

    Peace...

    December 2, 2010 at 2:37 am |
    • branch15

      Peace, Try praying for answers. If you are looking to man to make sense of all things, you will always be curious. To me, it feels like the consummate parent/child relationship where dad is sad if child is bad and pleased if child is good. As a parent, you do what you can but the child must make their own decisions. God does not have a giant chessboard and is not playing a "game". He/she is just the parent doing his part to educate believers on the path that would be helpful to live a happy and fulfilled life. Remember that rarely does one person have enough influence to change the human condition. I don't think God anticipated so much resistance to simple love.

      December 3, 2010 at 9:20 am |
    • michael

      peace; see other posting I made today on main thread. If you are sincere about wanting to make sense of this God thing... as an unbeliever you are not and never will be able to comprehend God and the Jesus issue. However with a sincere desire, I believe God will allow your imagination the concepts to at least begin to light you away. I will give you a hint to start off with. You must first imagine God is the ABSOLUTE perfect being that He claims to be and then allow that if He should continue in a personal relationship with man then He would no longer be perfect but tainted. How could a perfect God be reconciled with man? This seems impossible in human logic. However with God all things are possible. Love conquers all. God is love and He loves you. Before dad and mom conceived you He knew you and loved you. The bible says that it is not God's will that any (people) should be lost, that He wants all to be saved. BUT; without the free will we would all be nothing more than machines or computers doing, obeying only what we have as programs (orders). Without the potential to disobey there is no value in love. Love loses it's meaning without the free will. Therefore, while God truly does exist... His character (love) allows you to live as if He does not... your choice, choose life or choose death. The fact that you have a free will is proof in itself that God is... I only hope you get to know Him this side of the grave... for rest assured you WILL meet Him one day. 2+2=4 just because you say it equals 5 does not make it true... however if you want to say it equals 5... knock yourself out 4 does not really care if you don't believe him or not... he knows he is 4... all your postulating and questioning and etc does not offend him at all. He knows he is 4 and all your crying that he is 5 is not going to change his mind. He is not schysophranic (spel?) however he is thinking that you are somewhat confused as well as the rest of us who have had a little math class.

      December 4, 2010 at 11:32 pm |
  12. Joe

    Jesus loves to hate you. Donations are appreciated.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:31 am |
  13. AntiPalinAlaskan

    When he confessed this to his wife, was he...a Lamb to the slaughter?

    (c'mon...y'all were THINKIN' it...)

    December 2, 2010 at 2:29 am |
  14. McJesus

    Televangelist = Snake oil salesman.

    December 2, 2010 at 2:14 am |
    • HotAirAce

      Priests, rabbi, imman, fathers, pastors, bishops, popes, cardinals (please mentally insert all similar religious leader t!tles so that I am not guilty of picking on only one or a few of the thousands of tribes...) = legalized snake oil salesmen in funny robes and hats.

      December 2, 2010 at 2:23 am |
  15. hi

    Burt Reynolds is a teleevangelist. His swife should feel bad he cheated on Lonnie Anderson. Burts going to do what Burts going to do. The Loed understands its Burt Reynolds.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:59 am |
  16. Joe

    Jesus hates you. joking

    December 2, 2010 at 1:47 am |
  17. VMAXNC

    As always, the greatest thing about the bible is that anyone can quote it to their own benefit. No matter what propaganda you're promoting there is almost certainly a bible verse or two to support it. And if not, there are plenty of ways to distort a verse to fit your personal needs. People have been doing exactly that since the bible was first assembled to justify any manner of behaviors, from wars, to slaughter of others to mega millionaire preachers who cheat on their wives and taxes. But hey, Jesus forgives all sins, right? How convenient.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:42 am |
  18. Robert Johnson

    "Televangelist cheated on wife". That would be big news if we didn't see the same headline about one of these major league hypocrites at least once a month.

    December 2, 2010 at 1:28 am |
  19. Bryan

    Hahaha religion is SUCH a pathetic joke. There is NO god people, when is everyone going to grow a brain and realize this?

    December 2, 2010 at 1:08 am |
  20. BungFly

    Now there are some preachers on TV,
    With a suit and a tie and a vest,
    They want you to send your money to the Lord,
    But they give you their address.
    – Hank Williams, Jr 1982

    December 2, 2010 at 1:07 am |
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