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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 • Evangelical • Faith Now • Pastors • TV • United States

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  1. hunterjumper

    I love Christians- they make me and my fellow atheists look so holy and righteous

    December 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  2. Qi

    I remember when I found out my dope dealer was hitting on one of my girlfriends. He was married too. Much the same shock related to this story. His wife seems happy though, so I am not sure what the problem is.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  3. NotAFan

    All he needs to do is:
    1) zip up his pants
    2) Shed a few tears
    3) promise he will never stray again
    4) ask for more $

    Ain't Christianity grand?

    December 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
    • Thomas

      Grand? You noob

      More like Millions and ten millions.
      :)

      December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  4. Sybaris

    If he wasn't worth a dime the Mrs. would be on the lamb.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  5. Frank T

    I think God already knows that we are sinners but loves us enough to forgive us anyway.
    I hope that anybody reading these will take the time to forgive not only the hypocrites but look inside and see what you can see you do wrong and ask forgiveness. The rest need to let your light shine. Be a positive forgiving witness.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
    • Thomas

      How about if you do something wrong you try to fix it and then try very had not to make the same mistake again?

      You dont need your god for that. All you need is a sense of responsibility, self-accountability, and discipline.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  6. maxmax

    Below is the true gospel not the popular false ones

    http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=112710919184

    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  7. Sara

    I'm glad to see people leaving comments about how these religous leaders are nothing but hypocripts! Soon enough false religion will fall. Beware of false prohpets! They are everywhere! Society and the religious leaders of this world are corrupting minds and misleading mankind!

    Matthew 7: 15 “Be on the watch for the false prophets that come to YOU in sheep’s covering, but inside they are ravenous wolves. 16 By their fruits YOU will recognize them.

    Matthew 7: 21 “Not everyone saying to me, ‘Lord, Lord,’ will enter into the kingdom of the heavens, but the one doing the will of my Father who is in the heavens will. 22 Many will say to me in that day, ‘Lord, Lord, did we not prophesy in your name, and expel demons in your name, and perform many powerful works in your name?’ 23 And yet then I will confess to them: I never knew YOU! Get away from me, YOU workers of lawlessness

    Hebrews 13:4 Let marriage be honorable among all, and the marriage bed be without defilement, for God will judge fornicators and adulterers

    Watchtower.org

    The truth will truley set you free. :)

    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
    • maxmax

      Jehovah Witness = False Gospel

      http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=112710919184

      December 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
    • maxmax

      watch tower=false gospel

      http://www.sermonaudio.com/sermoninfo.asp?SID=112710919184

      December 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
  8. habakak

    God and all religious deity's are imaginary, just like Greek Mythology. Santa is more real than religion. Nothing wrong with trying to be a good human being. Lots of good advice in the Bible, Koran, etc. But lots of stupidity too and outdated history. People CHOOSE to believe or not, and if you choose to be a believer, it does not make your beliefs any more valid than those who chooses not too. I fully understand that people will not agree with my insistence that God is imaginary. Your choice. Just show some proof. I have plenty to the contrary. For instance, has anybody ever in the history of mankind been able to proof inconclusively the existence of ANY god? To the contrary, throughout history as mankind has become more enlightened and expanded his knowledge, one after the other religious believes and deities have been proven as fictional. The ancient Greeks believed just as feverishly in their gods (and look at how ridiculous we think it is today – a dude with a massive fork creating the tides and waves in the ocean!) as religious groups do today. People want to believe in gods because it's their explanation for things they don't understand. The types of gods that humanity serve have just evolved to such a developed form that we cannot disprove their existence any more. It was easy to prove Zeus was not real. How do you proof that something that is everywhere at all times but can't be seen/felt/heard except those who believe in him? And he only speaks to people in dreams (and we don't even know what that is yet, yet we say god spoke to me in a dream) or one on one. I basically view religious people as the real pagan's of the world because they believe in fairy tales, ghosts and imaginary gods. Not an ounce of proof exists, except for in the minds of the millions who wants the yet unexplained to be explained to them.

    There has been no PROOF throughout recorded history of ANY communication between man and some alien creature. So how did God make mankind aware of Him? Off course God was born of man's imagination, that's how. God (all gods throughout history) is a creation of man.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
    • Bobolink

      Wonderful essay, Sir. Congratulations!

      December 1, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
    • David

      For one who waxes lyrical about proof, you sure do speak as if to be enlightened to some grand knowledge of the facts of history and the universe. How's the weather up on your high horse?

      December 1, 2010 at 10:00 pm |
  9. Rick

    from this point forward his parishioners will invision him being ridden like sea biscuit

    December 1, 2010 at 12:52 pm |
  10. tom

    It just goes to show that all that religion garbage is just that.

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

      Don't confuse religion with being a (true) Christian.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
  11. gregory fields

    Why are all of these Christian ministers so personally wealthy? 7.5 million??? I am certain they would not have tried to extort that amount if it was available to some degree. Seems that the ministry is built on a foundation of mammon vs. belief. That is my primary concern vs. the fact that this man has sinned. I just wish people would stop sending all of their cash to these organizations vs. finding a viable charity locally that will apply those funds to true Christian utilization...comforting the poor, vs. feathering these ministers nests.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:50 pm |
  12. Gamato

    And the great scam continues. Sin, Forgiveness, Redemption, Repeat - keep those checks coming rubes – he'll put in a good word to God for you.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
  13. Carla

    to Colin and all other nonbelievers.....here's a thought...Wouldn't you rather live believing there is a God and eternal life and find out there isn't than to live your life NOT believing only to find out there is? Being a Christian is indeed trying to live your life to please God...it means being kind to everyone and being helpful in any way you can to your fellow man. I have faults like everyone else, but I try daily to correct them and not intentionally do hateful, harmful things to others. I am PROUD to be a Christian!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:49 pm |
    • habakak

      Carla – the difference in your approach and non believers is that we are annoyed right now about the false beliefs in all these imaginary gods. You will be one of us the day you pass away and find out after decades of dedicating your life to yoru own imagination that there is nothing to 'comfort' you and take you to 'heaven'. We're just ahead of the curve ;-)

      December 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
    • JoTAde

      God bless you! I can't agree more with you. Real Christianity is all about right relationship with God and our fellow human beings. The issue of sin is the biggest issue for all – Christians and non-Christians. However, it is the grace through Christ (cleansing us from sin via His sacrifice) that makes the difference for the Christians. We need divine sense ("uncommon sense") to comprehend the spiritual things. "You shall know the truth and the truth will set you free." We need to know that the truth is far more superior to simple facts...I wish I can elaborate here! I thank God for His saving Grace.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
    • Ryan

      Carla, so what you are essentially saying is, you believe in God and Christianity because it would be better to be right about it than wrong? That is horribly flawed logic. You seem like you would believe anything.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:29 pm |
    • Thomas

      Carla,

      Is that the best you can do? Using Fear of uncertainty as your primary argument?

      How about this.

      Why not live your live as a good person, doing good things and helping make society a little better, without all the mumbo jumbo about god?

      Ask yourself, who is more noble

      1. The christian who does good things because they "know" they will be rewarded in the after life?
      2. The atheist who does good things and they "know" there will not be any rewards in the after life?

      The world might be a better place if more people focused on the good and not the reward.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
    • Iphantom

      carla...that reasoning has been completely played out and is really quite pathetic. Better believe cause if you're wrong he's gonna get ya!!! So if I live my life in the best way I can, helping others along the way and doing my best to be good, are you suggesting that because I simply am not sure about a higher power that I will burn in hell for all eternity? If there is some conscience power presiding over us, do you really think that this is the way it would behave? Because what you seem to be suggesting sounds like something a human would come up with...

      .

      December 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
    • Brad

      @Thomas:

      You say: "Ask yourself, who is more noble

      1. The christian who does good things because they "know" they will be rewarded in the after life?
      2. The atheist who does good things and they "know" there will not be any rewards in the after life?"

      Right, because it's that black and white. True Christians don't do good things for a reward, here or in the afterlife. No wonder you're pushing Atheism, you're too boneheaded to understand what you're talking about.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:17 pm |
    • asrael

      Ah, yes: Brad offers the venerable "I am a true Christian" and your argument is "boneheaded" offense. Stifling a yawn...

      December 1, 2010 at 8:52 pm |
  14. JT

    I believe the problem with most Christians (or those who profess to be a Christian) is that when they sin they always have the reponse "I'm only human" or something along those lines. However, let someone who says they are not a Christian do sometime which is considered a sin and the Christian world wants to crucify that person.

    I believe many many so-called Christians will be sadly surprised when they see Jesus face to face and He declares to them "depart from me for I never knew you." He is not going to say this to the non-believers but only to those who claim fellowship with Him (like the televangelists). Yes, as a Christian we fail daily. We fail in our love, forgiveness and acceptance of those around us. We fail to really reach out and help those around us wherever they are found. Sadly the churches have so corrupted the truth of scripture by blending in human traditions that many don't know the truth nor do they care to sincerely learn the truth.

    I am proud to admit that I am a Christian. I believe in God Almighty and His Son Jesus the Messiah. I am a sinner saved by the grace of God but my understanding of Christianity is much different from most Sunday keepers.

    Don't judge God or Jesus by the standards of mankind because you will always come up short.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
    • Anthony from Maryland

      Your comments are 100% correct! Thank you for pointing this out as many don't understand this. I TRY really hard to be a "Good" Christian, but I fall short. Those claiming to be "Holly" than thou are the ones I stay away from as any time a bolt of lightining or something my come their way!

      December 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
    • Treese

      As an agnostic who grew up in a very conservative Christian family, I've got to commend you on your understanding.

      Although I have dear friends who are committed Christians, as well as my entire family, I am so turned off by the "they're just human" justifications that I could not return to those beliefs if I wanted to. To a non-believer responses along that line sound are weak excuses and come across like "do as I say, not as I do".

      December 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  15. Kris

    First off – what is a pastor of a Church (any Church) doing with MILLIONS of dollars. Shouldn't all he have go to his mission work of helping others!! This so........
    Second of all – A pastor is only human and we all make mistakes. However, living in sin like that and hiding it from everyone else for years should cause that Church to remove the pastor. If he truly repented to God he would have to repent to his wife and to his Church for his transgressions against them (say one thing – do another).
    Thirdly – it seems these days we treat this as "entertainment" and people come to defense of people like this (notice his wife is smiling and happy with all this in the picture. How truly sad. The Church should still love him but find another preacher. This one has work to do on himself before helping others. WE should expect more from our ministers.
    And last – God was not amused.
    Just saying. . . . . .

    December 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
  16. Jesus

    Hi. Remember me? You are about to celebrate my birth or something like that. First, why do some of you get off topic so quickly. Stay on the path people. Second, look within yourself first before commenting on anyone else please. God sometimes I wish I was a cowboy and not have to listen to this drivel. Happy Hanukkah!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:48 pm |
    • Reverend Jim Baker

      Hi Jesus, is my hideous wife Tammy Faye up there with you? Is she still putting on her makeup with a paint roller? Is her voice still annoying? What a P-I-G.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:53 pm |
    • Jessica Hahn

      Hi Jim..........how've you been? Call me.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
    • TellMeNoLies

      Hi,Jesus.....I hope God isn't mad at you for being the reason so many people are living in idolatry...I'm sure you cringe every time you think of being called the Messiah....and I'm sure you cry at all of the atrocities and hypocrisy being committed in your name...

      December 1, 2010 at 1:47 pm |
    • Thomas

      Jesus,

      Lemme ask you something.

      We are told that your pop "sacrificed " his only son for our benefit.

      While it must have sucked on the cross, three days later you were brought back to life and now spend your time with your pop.

      How is that sacrificing his only son? Sounds more like you just have a crappy business trip.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
    • cwby

      I'm pretty sure it's some kind of sin to impersonate someone who has already been resurrected.
      Are you "paying it forward"? or what gives you the right to speak for another diety?

      December 1, 2010 at 2:50 pm |
  17. Mike in NJ

    All I have to say is, I hope there's a special place for these hypocrites. Also, I'm interested to see if criminal charges are levied, or if this is just a PR stunt/damage control rolled up in one...

    December 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
    • Thomas

      That special place is called the "Leeward Islands" It is a great place to retire when you have fraudulently bilked millions out of suckers.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:34 pm |
  18. Steevn

    A televangelist cheating on his wife!?!!! OMG!!! Well, there's something you don't see every day! I wonder what this guy told other men he counseled for cheating on their wives? I bet it wasn't okay for them!
    I agree with Sheldon, they are money grubbing scam artists!
    My parents were the victims of one. They ask the congregation to "give until it hurts", then the ministers house gets larger, they have to build a larger church, then their cars have to be "presentable" and then the Rolls-Royces kick in!!!
    What a laugh that we believe in these fools. If we actually maybe READ THE BIBLE FOR OURSELVES, we would realize who these people really are... and walk away from them. Their empires would crumble.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:47 pm |
  19. Susan

    They look creepy no matter what. I hate when the wife is standing by, all smiles, supporting the husband. Gross.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:46 pm |
  20. Carol Rutherford

    My faith is in Christ, not religion. If you put your faith in any human being, he/she will let you down everytime. Christ will not.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:45 pm |
    • Brett

      I guess it's easy not to be disappointed by a dead man.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:46 pm |
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