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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. Chris Neville

    I believe in the total forgiveness of God; when we repent and accept His righteousness, which is Jesus Christ. What bothers me is the amount of Charismatic and Prosperity Gospel preachers who seem to fall into these temptations. I guess the second blessing is not all they teach it is.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:33 pm |
  2. Just saying

    Requirements to become a Pastor, religious leader etc. It needs to be FREE of accusation

    1 Timothy 3:1-10

    1 That statement is faithful.

    If any man is reaching out for an office of overseer, he is desirous of a fine work.

    2 The overseer should therefore be irreprehensible, a husband of one wife, moderate in habits, sound in mind, orderly, hospitable, qualified to teach,
    3 not a drunken brawler, not a smiter, but reasonable, not belligerent, not a lover of money,
    4 a man presiding over his own household in a fine manner, having children in subjection with all seriousness;
    5 (if indeed any man does not know how to preside over his own household, how will he take care of God’s congregation?) 6 not a newly converted man, for fear that he might get puffed up [with pride] and fall into the judgment passed upon the Devil.
    7 Moreover, he should also have a fine testimony from people on the outside, in order that he might not fall into reproach and a snare of the Devil.
    8 Ministerial servants should likewise be serious, not double-tongued, not giving themselves to a lot of wine, not greedy of dishonest gain,
    9 holding the sacred secret of the faith with a clean conscience.
    10 Also, let these be tested as to fitness first, then let them serve as ministers, as they are free from accusation.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  3. Bill

    What I don't understand is why he would cheat on such a "hot" wife!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  4. ike

    Hopefully they can get past this and back into the money making mode. Jesus needs some bucks for Christmas shopping this year.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  5. MadCityBabe

    you're all missing the point, which is............who in the right mind would tap that?!....................and with his wifey "fake smiling" right beside him.......................puke!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  6. Laura from Texas

    Marcus and Joni have been conning people for years. I am a very stong believer in Jesus Christ, and those people just turn my stomache. I don't see how people cannot see through them. Oh well. I am glad they got caught. I don't like the extortionist part of this, but they need to be outed as con men. Watch out for many who have shows on thier network as well.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  7. ArtInChicago

    Yeah Colin, that's how it works. That is why one of the thiefs that was crucified with Jesus was with him in Paradise. If your confession is sincere, yeah you go the pearly gates. Additionally, one of the most prolific writers of the New Testament was incredibly intelligent and was a big persecutor of Christians was Paul. He changed once he accepted Jesus. Ain't about logic, its about grace. Your acts....good nor bad have no affect on your entrance to the Kingdom.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:31 pm |
  8. Mike

    @Steve Actually Steve, the scriptures say that the world was round 2500 years before everyone else "discovered it."
    Job 26:7 "He spreads out the northern skies over empty space; he suspends the earth over nothing" & Isaiah 44:22 "He sits enthroned above the circle of the earth" (The Hebrew language didnt have a word for "sphere.") And the Genesis account actually implies that God brought the animals to Noah. (Meaning it would have been a supernatural occurence... plus animals are known for moving and migrating when they sense danger.) And if he was successful in building the ark of that size, it could easily accomodate those animal types, because they would exclude those living in the water.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
    • Steve

      Suuuuure. So animals that are only found in one corner of the globe "supernaturally" found there way to Noah because they senced danger. Or we're magically transported to him. Excuse me, it was a "maricle". Keep believeing that.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:52 pm |
  9. Just saying

    I guess that as a Pastor and religious leader he should be FULLY aware of what is written in 1 Corinthians 6:9-10

    9 What! Do YOU not know that unrighteous persons will not inherit God’s kingdom? Do not be misled. Neither fornicators, nor idolaters, nor adulterers, nor men kept for unnatural purposes, nor men who lie with men, 10 nor thieves, nor greedy persons, nor drunkards, nor revilers, nor extortioners will inherit God’s kingdom.

    During Jesus times, and as instructed in the Bible, such kind of "mistake" required the individual to be removed from the congregation to keep the congregation clean. Once the individual showed that was truly repent through his conduct he would be accepted again.

    Just saying...

    December 1, 2010 at 1:29 pm |
  10. elidude

    Don't know who this guy is, but how very typical.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  11. grace4all

    Sin is sin, no matter what shape it's in, it's just some makes a better story. No one is perfect, but we can be forgiven. As bad as my flesh hates the idea of someone as evil as Hitler, or Jim Jones, or Susan Smith getting a second chance and being forgiven, I know that my God wills that all be saved and none be lost. I personally am thankful that He is a forgiving God or we would all be damned.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  12. MortalC01l

    As usual the seething hypocrisy of these thieving scam artists is amazing to me.

    They lie and cheat their flock out of millions of dollars, to provide a lavish and rich lifestyle for themselves that would make even King Croesus blush in embarrassment. Yet.. Their flock will forgive them and throw more money at them.

    Another triumph of stupidity over reason, using the Man in the sky as a justification for their ruthless exploitation of their fellow Man...

    When will we finally be rid of religion and the veil of ignorance it casts on those that believe?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  13. Amna

    it doesn't matter where you come from or what your profession is...that doesn't make you less prone to cheating. jeez...im sick of seeing articles like this.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:27 pm |
  14. paul

    The point of contention is not over what the bible says that Christianity is about, but the way that many Christians behave. I have known far too many Christians who use God's infinite forgiveness as an excuse to sin their asses off, then turn to me, a meek, respectful, law abiding individual who happens not to buy into their belief system, that I will burn in Hell...

    December 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
    • Katie

      Amen. You can teach people to be good without religion to strike fear into their hearts, and when that happens I think it means more than doing good because your religion told you to. People behave very un-Christian but then hide behind their veil of feigned religiosity because they don't want to make any sacrifices.

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

      I agree with both of you. I've also noticed that "I'll pray for you" is Christian code speak for "I don't want to make any real physical or financial contribution, but will say something so I can feel good about my inaction."

      December 1, 2010 at 8:14 pm |
  15. Robert

    "The Rev. Marcus Lamb" well as a Bible believing Christian who will leave it at that this man has discredited himself because of his actions and should be disqualified from ministry.

    I weep at the moral state of so many supposed Christian leaders.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:26 pm |
  16. Ceiledh James

    Colin,
    Don't you worry your little head over this. By your logic, since you don't believe, have no faith at all, and are not worried about it, God will not find your heart to be true if and when you change your mind (likely on your death bed!); which of course, [again] by your logic will make more room in heaven for the rest of us.

    So you stay here and just keep on complaining!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:24 pm |
    • asrael

      Such a heart-warming display of "true" Christianity...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  17. Frankly Speaking...

    marcus "lamb"..ironic name for a wolf ;)

    December 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
  18. Frankly Speaking...

    List of christian evangelist scandals

    1.1 Aimee Semple McPherson, 1920s–40s
    1.2 Lonnie Frisbee, 1970s–1980s
    1.3 Billy James Hargis, early 1970s
    1.4 Marjoe Gortner, early 1970s
    1.5 Jim & Tammy Bakker and Jimmy Swaggart, 1986 and 1991
    1.6 Peter Popoff, 1987
    1.7 Morris Cerullo, 1990s
    1.8 Mike Warnke, 1991
    1.9 Robert Tilton, 1991
    1.10 W. V. Grant, 1996 and 2003
    1.11 Bob Moorehead, 1998
    1.12 Roy Clements, 1999
    1.13 John Paulk, 2000
    1.14 Paul Crouch, 2004
    1.15 Douglas Goodman, 2004
    1.16 Kent Hovind, 2006
    1.17 Ted Haggard, 2006
    1.18 Paul Barnes, 2006
    1.19 Lonnie Latham, 2006
    1.20 Gilbert Deya, 2006
    1.21 Richard Roberts, 2007
    1.22 Earl Paulk, 2007
    1.23 Coy Privette, 2007
    1.24 Thomas Wesley Weeks, III, 2007
    1.25 Michael Reid, 2008
    1.26 Joe Barron, 2008
    1.27 Todd Bentley, 2008
    1.28 George Alan Rekers, 2010
    1.29 Eddie L. Long, 2010
    1.30 Robert Schuller, Crystal Cathedral Bankruptcy, 2010

    Add Marcus Lamb to the ever-growing list

    p.s : many have'nt been mentioned

    December 1, 2010 at 1:22 pm |
    • Steve J

      2 thoughts.
      1. All those people claimed to be Christians, but where they? I imagine if I wanted to I could say I was a doctor and charge people money to treat them but that doesn't mean I'm a physician.
      2. Of the billions of Christians who have lived in the last 100 years, that list seems rather small... even if 100 names were left off the list.

      Christianity doesn't claim to make anyone perfect or beyond mistake. Christianity says we all need saved from ourselves and from our mistakes, and God has provided a savior, his son Jesus Christ. If you want to talk Christianity talk Jesus, not some guy who made it on TV (Paris Hilton has proved that doesn't take much).

      December 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
    • teepee

      Clarence McClendon. left his beautiful family for a secretary.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
    • Frankly Speaking...

      @Steve J

      with all due respect my friend, these are your evangelical christian "scholars" of distinction and as i mentioned earlier the list goes on (you know how it goes behind the closet). I am not even gonna mention popes and their business with little boys.

      My point is if christianity couldnt help its scholars from sinning, whats your state ?. Or are you one of those who grab labels like a "jew" or a "christian" or a "muslim" to claim your right over heaven. There is truth out there but you will have to trample over your arrogance to explore and perhaps accept it.

      Having said this, i wont just leave without giving you a good advice... visit "thedeenshow d0t c0m" and you might have some answers

      December 1, 2010 at 4:37 pm |
    • scott501

      how could you have forgotten jimmy swaggart? btw jimmy these are judgmental christian leaders w/ 10 of thousands of followers. somehow they they judge gays more than adulterers.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:49 pm |
    • Bobolink

      I hope that these so called "men of God" get their just deserts.. preferably a custard pie in the kisser. No, make it blackberry or something that will stain them.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:23 pm |
    • eluded

      y@ elidude..yeah, and also you failed to include what scandal they got into with.

      December 1, 2010 at 11:17 pm |
  19. Bob

    I'm letting people know that I cheated on my wife so I'm not extorted millions of dollars. I'm not doing it because "IT'S THE RIGHT AND HONEST THING TO DO AS A LEADER."

    December 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
    • elidude

      You nailed it, guy! Chaaaa-ching!

      December 1, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  20. dennis freeman

    This is hardly news worthy of CNN. This stuff is "old hat" with these clowns and seems to come with their territory. These people help re-define stupid everyday.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
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