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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. Doug

    This Is A Man In My Opinion That Fell To Temptation,The problem is he did not Admit To It Until He Was Going To Loose Lots Of Money.

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    To My Understanding This Man Did Not Admit To This Transgression ,Sin,Cheating,Until It Was Going To Cost Him Money.My Question Is Simply This. Is It All About The Money And If So What About ALL THOSE CHRISTIAN BELIEVERS Who Donated Money To His Church And Many Other Programs And Church Needs-How Many Christians From His Flock Will Fall Away,Loose Their Faith And Possibly NEVER Enter A House Of Worship Again? Can The Damage Even Be Calculated? Sadly These Are Questions I Do Not Have Answers To.I Pray For This Couple AND THEIR OWN WALK WITH God.

    December 5, 2010 at 12:03 am |
  2. michael

    peace2all / chad and others here... I arrive late at this post; however if any are still reading... the bible says (Paul's writings)
    to me (the believer) the preaching of the cross is the power of God... to the unbeliever it is foolishness. The unbeliever being a "natural man" does not have the ability to properly decern God's truthes. Without the indwelling of the Holy Spirit to teach and reveal God's meanings it is always going to be foolish to you. And without the Holy Spirit drawing you and giving you the Godly sorrow needed to acknowledge and accept Jesus as savior, He (H.S.) will not "indwell" that person. Only thing I can tell you as a christian... do what I did... if you are not afraid and willing to pay the price... ask God for yourself. Do something stupid... "Hey, God; if you are real, show me in a way that I will understand and I promise that I will believe YOU!
    If He does not show you then i guess you are one of those that He (God) already knew was not going to believe Him anyways. However, if you are sincere... I promise He WILL answer you. In closing God is not mad at you... He wants a relationship with you.

    December 4, 2010 at 10:52 pm |
  3. PCL

    Damn! He cheated on the big-hair lady? My upstairs TV is 22 years old, of course it has a 4:3 picture tube. When I flip through the channels, 48 is often broadcasting so that the 16:9 picture is squeezed into a 4:3 format, so everyone looks kind of squeezed, but this guy's wife, whose hair is already 3 or 4 inches above her forehead, looks downright scary, like something out of a John Waters movie. I tried changing the format adaptation, but they only make the "squeezed" one available when the TV aspect ration is set to 4:3. Not that it matters much; I never watch 48 for more than a minute or two. Anyway, I hope she can learn to live with his infidelity and he can learn to live with her hair.

    December 4, 2010 at 10:48 pm |
  4. Cecilia Roders

    It takes a lot of money to run a TV station, even more to run a TV network. Most stations sell advertisements for the money. Christian TV doesn't do that. So they have to get the money they need to operate some other way. That's where telethons come in. PBS does it too, and nobody condemns them for being money grubbing, accuses them of preying on people etc. Nobody assumes the people behind PBS are stinking rich millionaires, or makes comments about the motives and heart condition of the founder of PBS or his wife's motives and and heart either. But I guess the secular world is judged by a different standard. Now don't get me wrong, I don't begrudge PBS their telethons and the money they make there. I just wish the same grace and charity was given to Christians.
    None of us is perfect. We all screw up. I'm glad God is a lot more forgiving than the judgmental posters on this page.

    Oh, and Sean, do you keep your snake perfectly caged up? Or do you let it out sometimes? Outside of the men's room, I mean.

    December 4, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  5. John

    Dude, tuck in your shirt!

    December 4, 2010 at 6:17 pm |
  6. Uncle Casper

    I suppose this story is interesting in a "pride goeth before the fall" kind of way. Except that these guys never really fall, do they? Jesus forgives them faster than they can say oops. And I guess I forgive his transgressions, too. But that biker goatee? That I can never forgive.

    December 4, 2010 at 5:40 pm |
  7. Skeeter Guy

    I've read a few of the comments. If this is the best entertainment the internet can offer we're in worse shape as a notion that we're being lead to believe. Who was th fool that now wants to tie in Sarah Palin and the Tea Party Movement to this issue? Pour them some more Kool Aid.

    December 4, 2010 at 2:11 pm |
  8. Harvey

    So what? My parents used to tell me "Do as I say, not as I do". Seems to be the same here.

    December 4, 2010 at 11:16 am |
  9. plato

    religion of any sort is counter-productive to civil society

    December 4, 2010 at 9:44 am |
  10. Randy

    NO WAY!!! A televangelist who is a money-grubbing charlatan AND a horn-dog hypocrite????? It's can't be!

    Wow, after learning about Larry Craig, Jimmy Swaggart, Ted Haggard, Marc Foley, Ken Mehlman, and Karl Rove I'm sooo disillusioned.

    December 4, 2010 at 8:59 am |
  11. muhammadrahmanraza

    Death panelty is the only punishment to teach others lesson for doing any thing illegale in this world. Just remember HONESTY and HARD WORK.

    December 4, 2010 at 3:26 am |
  12. Patrick

    Pat
    Listen my dear PeaceToAll: Suppose u sin to the people of the land in yr country of law & order, the long arm of the law may get u, fine u, jail u, or both jail & fine u, or hung poor u. And mind u, u have children.. either OUTside there or INside those ovaries/testicles[balls whatever u call]; Won’t those children (withIN or withOUT) suffer too? But who caused it in the first place? You. The children in the inside of u will suffer too. You are U+the children with u and IN u, I repeat: those in them ovaries/balls, man! So it’s a question of RESPONSIBILITY. Get responsible for yr actions. U get purnished U (=U+ those inside yr members bcos they are still part & parcel of YOU. Get me? So behave or suffer. But The Lord JC (Jesus Christ) Has a way of helping u out. Trust & OBEY Him & leave. Reject Him & die with the U’s in U too. I’m resisting the urge to say like the novel by Puzo, “Fools Die.” And I end there.

    December 4, 2010 at 3:22 am |
  13. Patrick

    Pat
    Listen my dear PeaceToAll: Suppose u sin to the people of the land in yr country of law & order, the long arm of the law may get u, fine u, jail u, or both jail & fine u, or hung poor u. And mind u, u have children.. either OUTside there or INside those ovaries/testicles[balls whatever u call]; Won’t those children (withIN or withOUT) suffer too? But who caused it in the first place? You. The children in the inside of u will suffer too. You are U+the children with u and IN u, I repeat: those in them ovaries/balls, man! So it’s a question of RESPONSIBILITY. Get responsible for yr actions; now & generations to come. U get purnished U (=U+ those inside yr members bcos they are still part & parcel of YOU. Are we clear? So behave or suffer. But The Lord JC (Jesus Christ) Has a way of helping u out. Trust & OBEY Him & leave. He came & died for u & yr sins. Reject Him & die with the U’s in U too. I’m resisting the urge to say like the novel by Puzo, “Fools Die.” And I end there.

    December 4, 2010 at 3:18 am |
  14. Marie

    You hypocrites. A pastor admits he committed adultery in front of millions of people. When is the last time you admitted to everybody the specific times you committed adultery in your heart? Why don't you remove you the log from your own eye, lest you find yourself in an uncomfortable spot on Judgement Day?

    December 3, 2010 at 11:28 pm |
  15. TheTruthteller

    This are true people of God. They came and told something they went through and showed that they are humans to. God Bless them for it.
    To all those who question why they do this, they do it for God.
    Trust me, they have to deal with people like you haters almost everyday, I know first hand! The money is no where worth it!!!!!!!!
    I encourage those with the true Spirit of God to give to Daystar abd other Christian programs along with their Churches!
    The reality is, it takes money to get things done on this earth, therefore Churches need some to get somethings done.
    I got your back Mr. and Mrs. Lamb! God Bless

    December 3, 2010 at 10:53 pm |
  16. Vin Broccoli

    Typical Christians. No shock. :-)

    December 3, 2010 at 7:47 pm |
  17. Texasmama

    I have always been skeptical of most television evangelists. There are 2 or 3 that I have felt are honest, and that's not many at all considering how many there are out there preaching on television. I thought Marcus and Joni were different, more honest than most, sincere – I never did trust that televangelist by the last name of Murdock, he always looks so shady – however Marcus and Joni seemed to be good friends of his. This whole scandal about the Lambs has me looking at them so differently. I k now we're not to judge, but until proven otherwise, I feel Joni stays with Marcus because of the money and lifestyle. Now this is going to sound ugly...but I'm telling the truth and that is what were suppose to do... I always wondered if Marcus " Liked Men ". (You know!!!) He has always seemed a little bit feminine to me.

    December 3, 2010 at 6:02 pm |
  18. HA

    I've never understood the boomers that feel compelled to tell everyone their failures in life. These things are supposed to be kept secret and stay within a family. They're not supposed to be openly discussed and doing so makes any apology fake and in vain.

    December 3, 2010 at 3:43 pm |
  19. whatever

    Money, too much of it, makes one become less dependent on God and hinders the relationship between God and man. That's why Jesus asked the rich man to give away everything he had and follow Him. Upon hearing that, he walked away from Jesus. It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to enter His Kingdom.

    December 3, 2010 at 2:03 pm |
  20. DANIEL LEWIS

    I want to know why CNN is treating this news differently from others. Where's the 'LIKE' button? I want this treated exactly like any other article CNN.COM might publish. Stupid, power-hungry evangelist screws around on his wife. He shouldn't get away with that. From here, it looks like CNN is helping that happen.

    December 3, 2010 at 12:18 pm |
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