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.
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.
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.
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".
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.
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........
I totally agree with you. If he is truly repentant, God will forgive him. But he is not fit to be a pastor.
What's strange to me is how people can blindly follow these people without noticing their obvious personality disorders.
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.
Not a real strong argument for democracy, is it?
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.
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.
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.
"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.
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.
They support a ban on gay marriage!
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".
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......
Whether the leak comes from Wikileaks or from a blackmailer, the truth should eventually come out.
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.
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???
no man is good all are wicked God hayers by nature.
God Haters i meant
Maxmax.....I have a problem with you calling me wicked. How the hell would you know?
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.
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!
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
Why does his wife look so happy?
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!
I am just glad that they were able to work through this and not let it destroy their marriage.
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.
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.
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.
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.
Wow.. another televangelist accused of infidelity.. I'm sooo surprised. Not!
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