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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. QRS...

    Humans are born into certain families, countries, religions, beliefs, traditions, etc. The truth is we have all been influenced by these things, and as a child you just believe them. As you get older and are exposed to more families, religions, beliefs, traditions, education, scandals, whatever, you begin to question and try and figuire out what you believe. But you CHOOSE what you believe, and of course you think it is right, that's why you believe it! So if you want to believe that you were created by God or you flew in on an astroid, your choice. That is what is awesome about being a human. Look at people in YOUR life that directly affect you. Does what they say match what they do? Do they have successful relationships, do they help someone besides just themselves? Don't give your money to idiots, no matter what they are selling! And don't judge an entire group of people nf what one person does. And that goes for Atheists, Christians, Muslims, or whomever. Meet a few, and then see if their life matches their words. Stop critizing everyone for what they believe. I want to live a good life filled with love, and I understand that it will not always be perfect, but that is just life. It is a journey, and we should live with open minds and hearts. I believe in Jesus and God, and that I am loved by them both. If you think I am a loon for that, that is okay with me. It works in my life. I don't no this man's heart, nor anything really about him other than he cheated on his wife. And it seems he only was open about it to avoid paying a large amount of money. But I have not ever given him any money, and I don't think it seems wise to start.

    December 3, 2010 at 11:35 am |
  2. Navyman

    I had a conversation with a Franciscan Brother once, who told me that he believed the apostles and earliest Christians knew Jesus, Where-as we know Christ. I think that what he was saying is although Jesus was the son of God (no offense intended to those who don't agree); he was also a human, like us in many ways. I know that according to Catholic tradition, Jesus was guilty of no sin, but that does not mean he wasn't tempted (at the least the human side was), but the God side of him is what got him through it. I believe that we are not as strong as Jesus Christ and as a result we make a lot of poor decisions (sins) for all sorts of reasons, especially because we are selfish and forget the needs of others. I read a comment posted earlier that I thought had a good point: Jesus said "Love God with all your heart, all your soul and all your mind, that is the greatest commandment. The second is “Love your neabor as you love yourself. The truth is, if we all followed these to commandments the world would be a perfect place. Sadly, we do not. I think Jesus knew human nature a lot better than we sometimes give him credit for. I believe he died on the cross so that despite our imperfections, we could be forgiven and made right in the eyes of God. THIS IS NOT AN EXCUSE TO SIN. We must live every day to the best of our abilities, however we also have to remember that when we mess up (and we will), we are forgiven, if we are truly sorry for our sins (everyone messes up, but only God knows who is truly sorry). I believe that Jesus was all about love, forgiveness and mercy. As far as this pastor goes, what he has done, the people he has hurt, is between him, his wife and God. We must be careful about judging people; it has a nasty way of turning on us. Finally, we shouldn’t allow our faith to be shaken by the actions of other people. A great example is that I’m a Roman Catholic and I am well aware of the sins committed by many of the people (especially the clergy) in my church. However, I am catholic not because of the pope or the priests or the congregation, but because I believe in what they teach. Just because there are people who teach one thing and live another thing, does not necessarily mean that the teaching is wrong, just the person. By the way, this is just my opinion. I do not speak on behalf of anyone except for myself. If you have been offended by anything I have said, I'm sorry and it was not my intention. Oh, and forgive me if my Bible quote wasn't worded exactly right, I'm relying on Google.

    December 3, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  3. Jill

    amen

    December 3, 2010 at 2:10 am |
  4. Evvy Bergman

    How come no one questions the ridiculous riches, jewels, gold, of the Pope and the Vatican. How unlike Jesus can anyone be?
    Ritual and rites are important to many people, but why is this man, and all the popes before him , treated like a god himself?
    The whole thing is ridiculous. It's like they have to look so blindingly regal and royal to keep the masses interested. I can't believe the hypocrisy.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:09 am |
  5. aUtheistIC

    Everytime religious people post something about God or something out of their belief, there comes the Atheists storming with their typical (hateful,profane,disrespectful but in-fairness articulate, itellect, scientific and logical) replies and name callings such as; 2000 years religious numbnuts, oxymorons who keep asking of sky daddy's help, idiots who was fooled by a magical being in the sky and so on and so forth). They also keep on saying that Religious people are shoving belief down to their throat.

    But the trut is...Atheists were the one shoving their belief down to religious people's throat they intentionally turning things upside down by passing to the latter the blame to hide their true intents and motives and soon they'll do it by force. They are discrediting bible through their wit, intellectual, articulate, scientific and logical but sly arguments to convince every people here on earth that it's a 2000 year old hoax and everything written in it which includes the prophecies in Revelations and the book of Apocalypses that had prophecized their comming.

    ALL RELIGIOUS PEOPLE LET NOT BE DECEIVED...HOLD ON TO YOUR FAITH AND MAKE YOURSELF PREPARED OF THE COMING OF THE MARKED BEAST..THE ANTI CHRIST...HIS MINIONS ARE ALREADY HERE TO PREPARE FOR HIS WAY. THEY ARE SLY AND THEY CALL THEMSELVES...ATHEISTS!

    December 2, 2010 at 9:50 pm |
  6. Arglebargle

    Uh...so what? They're all charlatans and in it for the power and money.
    Of course they're going to cheat. Cheat on their spouses, their flocks and themselves.

    Anyone who follows these slime balls deserves what they get.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  7. sosume

    He is only sorry he was caught. HIs spin meisters told him to come clean. In about a week something new will come along and your sheep will forget all about it. And the money will keep rolling, rolling, rolling.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
  8. mary

    everything that we do in secret or in the dark is going to come up to the light and since we are still in this world where nobody is perfect people are still going to make mistakes the only difference is that a preacher should know better, but there is temptation and we all know that so i will say, when peole take their eyes out of God the conection is broken and they will do what he did, he will become weak and do what he wasnt supposed to do because he lost the conection to the one who guide us and protect us and give us the strenght to deal with temptation and not sin against him. yes his wife will forgive him but he will pay the price for that and he knows that he will have consequences for his actions and he is going to need a lot of prayers and yes we have to forgive him the same way God forgive us because sin is sin nothing big,nothind small when you sin is against God and that is bad..

    December 2, 2010 at 7:36 pm |
  9. pgd

    It's sad to see this from Daystar Christian TV – Marcus Lamb. Daystar's approach seems to parallel that of Rome, Italy over the topic of hiding child crimes to save Rome lawsuit money. First it was Jimmy Swaggart, then the foreign Pope, then the divorce proceedings of Benny Hinn, and now it's about Marcus Lamb trying to protect what he calls God's money. God's money or his and Joni's? Proves to me that people are human despite their trying to hide behind religious costumes/ordinations/non-profit collection plate businesses.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  10. chris

    anyone that claims something needs to prove it. either way god or no god, good luck impossible . case closed . stop telling people with fear an manipulation to do as you think they should do . stay out of their business . an this guy i bet , the people so called trying to extort money from him ? lmao they got what they wanted . he was lying . sin! religion can be useful an helpful, but it has gone so far from its origin it makes me sick , prove god exists plain an simple . straw men arguments are for kids . adults should go to jail for lying to kids about religion , its hurtful , an damaging

    December 2, 2010 at 3:30 pm |
  11. Doc Vestibule

    Rev. Lamb should take the Jimmy Swaggart defense:
    "God has forgiven me, why don't you?"

    December 2, 2010 at 2:35 pm |
  12. Pam

    I hope none of you haters ever need forgiveness for anything you do, or have done in the past. Just sayin....

    December 2, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  13. 1stassemblysmithfieldnc

    There are NO Hypocrites in the Church.

    http://azusacom.blogspot.com/2010/12/church-is-full-of-hypocrites-i-beg-to.html

    December 2, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  14. 1stassemblysmithfieldnc

    A lot of people say that the Church is FULL of Hypocrites. That is totally false.

    http://azusacom.blogspot.com/2010/12/church-is-full-of-hypocrites-i-beg-to.html

    December 2, 2010 at 11:28 am |
  15. 1stassemblysmithfieldnc

    "There are NO Hypocrites in the Church. People say that the Church is FULL of hypocrites, but that is false. Read to understand why.

    http://azusacom.blogspot.com/2010/12/church-is-full-of-hypocrites-i-beg-to.html

    December 2, 2010 at 11:23 am |
  16. jd

    MARK CHAPTER 9:43-50

    [Mk 9:43-50]:

    (v. 43) "If your hand causes you to sin, cut it off. It is better for you to enter life maimed than with two hands to go into hell, where the fire never goes out

    so in this case, he shoud cut off his ...

    December 2, 2010 at 9:00 am |
  17. conradshull

    Nowhere will you find the word "audit" in the Bible.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:46 am |
  18. bewildered09

    Wow, this is, just at a loss of words, "there's nothing new under the sun." That's why I study the Word of God for myself with the guidance of the Holy Sirit, cuz how can a man teach to me about something when he's doing the same thing Read Romans 2: 21-23.

    December 2, 2010 at 8:08 am |
  19. leeflea

    Few things give me more pleasure than to see these hypocrites fall. Remember Swaggart?

    December 2, 2010 at 7:17 am |
  20. Yankee

    Lord, and when I get the paper I read it through and throu-ough
    I, my girl never fail to see if there is any work for me...
    I better go back to the house, hear that woman's mouth
    Preachin' and a cryin', tell me that I'm lyin' about a job
    That I never could find

    Shanana – na – na – na

    December 2, 2010 at 7:12 am |
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