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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. Steve

    Yes, everyone sins. We get this. But the problem that I have with this whole situation is that for the entire time that he was cheating on his wife, he was on the pulpit preaching the absolute opposite of what he was doing in his own life. Theres the problem. How can someone lie to everybody from the pulpit claiming to be holy while continually commiting a sin. Hypocrites. All religion is BS. And I'm a pastors son. Everyone and I mean EVERYONE has a different oppinion of what religion is to them and will act one way at church and a completely different way outside of church.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • Terry5

      It does not matter what your father showed at church and acted another way at home. You should not look to your father or anyone else. You should find Christ for yourself. I see pretenders everyday but it do not effect my walk because I know Him for myself. Steve you seem lost in the woods. I hope you find your way out.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:42 pm |
    • Steve

      Lost, hardly. Awake is more like it. You believe what you want to. Thats whats great about our country. But this does not excuse him for cheating on his wife and only coming forward about it after he was being threatened with blackmail. And see you say you see "pretenders". That is your perception of what being a "christian" is. The same people would probably consider you a "pretender".

      December 1, 2010 at 12:51 pm |
    • Terry5

      Steve, I should have use a better choice of word instead of "lost in the woods". I'm not trying to throw stones... Also, there are many people on this earth that are not pretending, look to them.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
  2. Patricia Moore

    The Bible tells us that a bishop (pastor) must be BLAMELESS, and he must also have a GOOD REPORT (good reputation) among those that are not Christians. It's not even about forgiveness–sure God forgives a repentant heart, but it seems to me that adultery disqualifies these men from continuing to pastor......how much confidence can I have in you as my religious leader? I expect those who are advising me to be better........

    December 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • Laurie

      I totally agree with you. If he is truly repentant, God will forgive him. But he is not fit to be a pastor.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  3. Ugh

    What's strange to me is how people can blindly follow these people without noticing their obvious personality disorders.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • Thomas

      Think of the average American

      Think how dumb the average American is

      Now consider that almost half of our population is not as smart as that.

      That's why.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:25 pm |
    • Mary

      Not a real strong argument for democracy, is it?

      December 1, 2010 at 7:17 pm |
  4. Barb

    No one is perfect, people fail each other all the time.Think of all the good he could have done if he had told his story without the threat of financial loss attached to it.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
    • Lynn

      That's just it. He DID NOT come forward volunarily. He was caught and backed into a corner. We all make mistakes, but preachers who call themselves "Men of God" and talk about how God speaks thru them should be held to a higher standard.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:41 pm |
  5. Todd

    Anyone affiliated with Osteen, Copeland, Jakes, Dollar or Meyer is NOT preaching the God of the Bible. They have created their own god called the Almighty dollar. Each one of these so called "ministers" are frauds. They have fallen for the same lie Adam and Eve did. They want to be God rather than obey him.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  6. Denizen Kate

    "This just in: water is wet!"

    A preacher not practicing what he preaches? This is news?

    The one and only reason he's admitting his "sin" is because it was going to cost him money.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  7. rik

    Televangelist are the scourges of society. They are the bloodsuckers of the religion world with their dyed hair, rolex watches, and thousand dollar suits. Just the snake oil salesman of todays time. Surely there is a specially hot place in hell for these charlatans who do more damage to religion than anything else.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  8. JOHN

    Lemme guess....

    They support a ban on gay marriage!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  9. Claudia, Houston, Tx

    Do I believe a cheater who says "there were 3 people who were going to expose the affair if I didn't pay them $7.5million", baloney. There was one person and she/he was cheating with him but let's make it look like it was the other 3 criminals attempting to extort money and all those good Christians will believe this. Lies to coverup another cheating lie. I'd advise any good Christian to hold onto your wallet until God turns over "the House of Thieves".

    December 1, 2010 at 12:31 pm |
  10. Steve

    Why are these Televangelists all worth millions of dollars. Heck, Jim Baker drove a Rolls Royce. Are people really so naive as to send these phony preachers their money???? Wake up people and send your money to those that really need it.

    It's pointless saying this online because the people sending money most likely do not watch or read CNN News and unfortunately are glued to that hateful and deceptive Fox News channel on TV.
    Only in the South......

    December 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  11. john

    Whether the leak comes from Wikileaks or from a blackmailer, the truth should eventually come out.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:30 pm |
  12. maxmax

    God has promised to save undeserving sinners through the work of Christ alone. He came to save His people from their sins. Christ never died for every person without exception. If He did all Must go to heaven. If one was saved because he accepted Christ then salvation is ultimately based on the creature and not the creator. Believe this Gospel and you will not see God's wrath.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Steve

      I appreciate your sentiment maxmax, however, if this is true then what is the point of being a good, honest person in the first place???

      December 1, 2010 at 12:32 pm |
    • maxmax

      no man is good all are wicked God hayers by nature.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • maxmax

      God Haters i meant

      December 1, 2010 at 12:34 pm |
    • Ryan

      Maxmax.....I have a problem with you calling me wicked. How the hell would you know?

      December 1, 2010 at 2:10 pm |
    • brent

      and herein lies the problem (for me anyway), I am very uncomfortable passing any kind of judgement on the salvation of anyone's soul other than my own. the dogma does not really address grey areas, ie only through Christ can you go to heaven, which of course eliminates by far the vast majority who have walked this earth. an exclusive club. So all mormons, JW's, hindu's ,muslims, buhddists, Jews and catholics will not see the glory of God, as they do not know Jesus as a personal savior. this is the "right wing fundamentalist christian" belief. there is no wiggle room on this one. On the other hand, it is equally true RWFC believe Hitler could have professed Jesus as his personal savior before he put a bullet in his head and he would have gone ot heaven. I know its seems wacky...and I used to buy into this. Silly me.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  13. NCGolfer

    Sorry I was typing too fast, I meant I am no biblical scholar but.... and that when I die naturally i will not die spiritually. Sorry!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  14. Findingtruth

    Yes we all need to forgive so I`m all for closing all jails. Give me a brake! People like to pick and choose. Teleavangalist should be made to step down when they do wrong end of story. But they don`t they just keep going that tells me they arn`t sorry and cheating is no mistake people THATS THE TRUTH. Some day maybe people will stop sending there money to these low lifes and then they will go away. Hey dreamin is free lolol

    December 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
  15. TJ

    Why does his wife look so happy?

    December 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Valerie

      Because the wife gets all the money and security.

      All the mistress gets is some stupid gifts and $ e X from a man his wife is already bored of anyway. LMAO!

      December 1, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
  16. DreamerinNC

    I am just glad that they were able to work through this and not let it destroy their marriage.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:29 pm |
    • Kevin

      Ha! Their marriage is a series of financial transactions. She gets to live rich and call the shots because if he doesn't do exactly what she wants, she leaves him, takes half, and maybe tells unsavoury stories he doesn't want his "flock" to hear. She may have gotten into it for love years ago, but now it's all about the money.

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

    I'm not mad at this jerk being a jerk. I'm mad that there are people who think he's the voice of reason. Dang, I'll bet God is pretty disgusted with his creations right about now.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  18. Kirb

    So, we have another "sinner" who got caught with his hand in the honey jar. These money grabbing charlatons seem to be coming out of the woodwork recently. I'm sure their ilk have been doing similar business for many years, but it now seems to be "the thing" to do. I find it strange, that I've never heard of most of these guys until they get caught in a compromising position and then make "news" by asking for public forgiveness. I do believe that Colin in on the right track.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  19. Lynn

    The hypocrisy comes from the insincere confession and appeal for forgiveness. If these people had not tried to extort millions of dollars from him, would Rev Lamb ever have come clean to his wife or to the public? I doubt it. Forgiveness is given when you truly feel sorry for what you did, not for getting caught.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:27 pm |
  20. Anonymous

    Wow.. another televangelist accused of infidelity.. I'm sooo surprised. Not!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:26 pm |
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