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. Richard McArthur

    We are all sinners. Yes... He sinned and I assume asked for forgiveness. Good. He should step down as he is no longer fit to lead a church. He is no longer above reproach. But since he is on a network that features such con artists as Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Joyce Meyer and Benny Hinn...and the other fake seed faith garbage peddlers. I really don't expect him or any other fake to do anything according to the word of God.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:17 pm |
    • Carol

      If you don't watch Daystar, why do you claim to know so much about it?
      If you don't like it or approve of it, why do you watch it?

      December 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
    • AA Harris

      Richard, I have to respectfully disagree. There is no reason that he should step down at all. Every man sins whether those around him know it or not. He has apologized to his congregation, before the entire world on broadcast television and God. If every man who sinned were held to those standards, then no man would be able to stand in a pulpit and teach the word of God.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:07 pm |
    • auguron

      Then I suppose it would be for the best. Apologizing is not good enough. Nothing but empty words, especially considering that he puts himself above the 'sinners' every single day, and the damage he and everyone else does with the "Word", brandishing it as a weapon, dividing, corrupting, destroying. And everything is supposed to be peachy keen now that he came forward and prayed for forgiveness? No.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:32 am |
  2. doc fallin

    My grandfather told me two important things about marrige. 1)If one isnt having the affair,the other one is 2).show me a beautiful woman,and I'll show you a man who is tired of sleeping with her.both sage advise,after two failed marrige's from wives who cheated.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:16 pm |
    • Valerie

      No offence, but your lousy choices for wives don't apply to ALL women. I would NEVER cheat on my husband, and we have been though some hellish times......never. Even if he was cheating on me, "I" made a promise. And I keep MY promises. Oh, and women like "variety" too....grandma just never told grampa that, as to not hurt his little fragile feelings! GOD BLESS!

      December 1, 2010 at 12:22 pm |
    • auguron

      Let me guess, grandpa was a good ol' Christian as well? Just like this, and every con artist? Typical.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:25 am |
  3. dandemain

    I never even heard of these people, but can see from the picture that she's had quite some nip-tuck done. I guess it is considered renovating the temple.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  4. ks

    I just find him creepy! Good Christian values NOT

    December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  5. Greg

    Anything but having to give up that money!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • Jake Buskirik

      It's always about the money. The extortionists almost beat him at his own game. well played.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
    • James

      Tiger Woods cheated too, didn't he?

      December 2, 2010 at 7:32 am |
  6. BoyHowdie

    Just continues to prove that these religious leaders are all frauds. The only person you can truly have faith in and trust is yourself.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • scientist232

      Well, as long as you're not devolving into useless generalizations...

      December 1, 2010 at 1:36 pm |
    • auguron

      Unfortunately, this is one generalization that seems to be proven correct time and time again.

      December 4, 2010 at 10:43 pm |
  7. jackalope

    Another self-righteous, hypocritical religious phony bites the dust. It's all about money, folks.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
  8. mizsherle

    Another bigot, conman, televangelist. What else is new.....

    December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • Bubba

      There is no new thing under the sun.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:27 pm |
  9. bill

    Men lust, it is that simple. I am one so I can speak from experience. A sin in the mind is as one of the flesh so not actually "doing it" is the same in the eyes of the King of All Kings amen. Guilty your Honor.
    I thank Him for His abundance grace and ability to forgive me my weaknesses.
    Psalms 71

    December 1, 2010 at 12:15 pm |
    • JPopNC

      Thanks Bill....well put.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:00 pm |
    • Kevin

      But if men sin, didn't God make it so? If God is all-knowing and is infallible in how he made everything, then he made you such that you would sin, and he knew you'd sin and have to repent for it. So either God isn't all knowing, or he plays sadistic little mind games to make us squirm (which doesn't sound loving or perfect to me). Poof! Logic 1, God 0.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:11 pm |

      Kevin, that is not the case. God did not and DOES NOT make us do anything. Think of it this way:

      A knife maker may make a knife that is used to cut meat. A person comes in to the store and purchases this knife only he does not use it to cut meat but to kill someone! Can you go back and blame the knife maker? No. The person MIS USED the item. The same with us. We were created with free will , a wonderful gift something that animals do not have. They are driven by instinct. Yet, many MISUSE that gift to hurt others such as this man did by hurting his wife.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
    • Phil

      God did not make man sin but he allowed for it to happen. He gave us a free-will to be able to choose to sin or to love Him. Evil does not come from God but rather from our choices. God is all-knowing and sovereign but he does not play sadistic little mind games. He could have made us puppets to do exactly as he always wanted but that is not very loving and there is no pleasure taken from that. We enjoy when people love us because they want to and now because they have to.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:23 pm |
    • Bubba

      Humans are built this way. You telling me that God made us guys so that we can't help looking and imagining, and then made it a sin to look or imagine? Pretty convenient for religion-pushers. Common sense tells us that observing someone isn't the same as having an affair. Common sense also says an invisible sky daddy who collects dead people is pretty unlikely too, but it's ok with me as long as you don't try to pass laws making me worship Jesus or Mohamed or Elvis or whoever.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:25 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Hi Phil...

      You Said: "God did not make man sin but he allowed for it to happen. He gave us a free-will to be able to choose to sin or to love Him. Evil does not come from God but rather from our choices. God is all-knowing."

      And this is where I really don't understand Christian logic or reasoning here, at all. Maybe you, or any other believers can help me out...?

      IF...God is 'all-knowing,' and... at the same time 'allows' us choice, or, in other words, "He gave us 'free-will,' then, that would mean or be = to God, 'already' knowing from the beginning who is going to believe/accept Him/Jesus, etc... in advance, as He is all-knowing and 'created' everyone and everything...because He, well... is God. THEN, how *specifically* does that not make God, at the very least, indifferent, to at the most an evil sadistic God, as he already created the game, and everyone in it, set it in motion, while knowing full-well who is going to do what at any time, and their will be the one's who - will end up burning in 'eternal torment' and 'hell'.... forever, and the one's that He created, and knows already who is going to Heaven...? I just don't get this Christian rationale...at all...!

      I understand, possibly at our human level of perception, it 'may' seem like free-will. But, if God already knows– and we are his creations, seems kinda' 'f-u-c-ked for the ones that were created that way, (going to hell) and he already knows, and does nothing about it...yes...?

      I mean, how does a 'believer' rationalize that...? And, secondly, how is that in any way, shape or form...o.k...? In other words, how do you get somehow an all-loving God out of this, who will *allow* us to burn forever, when he could do something to stop it...?

      And, certainly, shouldn't that kind of 'concept' or opinion you 'believers' have of God be open to discussion and debate about this...?

      As an 'agnostic,' I am sincerely curious...


      December 1, 2010 at 7:09 pm |
    • Thumper

      The Bible has explainations for all of these questions and then some. When you take the time to study these things of God by reading the Word, you can begin to understand all things.
      "Nay but O man, who art though that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction; and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy..." Romans 9:20-23
      Also, God has provided THE Way for ANY man/woman/child to be saved from hell and that is his son Jesus...whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish so salvation has been provided and is free for all, He just allows us to choose.
      Please reconsider your choice to not accept this gift given unto us and do not let this pass you by because of all of the bad examples we see of Christians in the media and in the world. We are not perfect, just forgiven...
      Faith comes by hearing the word of God

      December 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
    • Peace2All


      Hi Thumper...

      You Said: "@Peace-
      The Bible has explainations for all of these questions and then some. When you take the time to study these things of God by reading the Word, you can begin to understand all things.
      "Nay but O man, who art though that repliest against God? Shall the thing formed say to him that formed it, Why hast thou made me thus? Hath not the potter power over the clay, of the same lump to make one vessel unto honor, and another unto dishonour? What if God, willing to shew his wrath and to make his power known, endured with much longsuffering the vessels of wrath fitted to destruction; and that he might make known the riches of his glory on the vessels of mercy..." Romans 9:20-23"

      So, what I am getting here from your biblical quotes is: #1) God– Yeah, I know you may question me, but.. too bad if you are one of the ones 'destined' for eternal hell.

      That's your answer... REALLY...? Well, that doesn't sound like a very loving God, nor one I would want to hang out with to me...! Basically, you just confirmed my concern about the Christian beliefs that I asked.

      You Said: "Also, God has provided THE Way for ANY man/woman/child to be saved from hell and that is his son Jesus...whosoever believeth in Him shall not perish so salvation has been provided and is free for all, He just allows us to choose."

      Again, that just proves that this God, is the 'ultimate' in absolute evil and uncaring to 'allow' someone, (after being 'all-knowing), and not do something about it... just *allow* people to 'burn for eternity.' Just for not 'believing' in Jesus...??!! 😯 !!!

      That is just makes absolutely *no sense* ...at all.

      You Said: "Please reconsider your choice to not accept this gift given unto us and do not let this pass you by because of all of the bad examples we see of Christians in the media and in the world. We are not perfect, just forgiven...
      Faith comes by hearing the word of God"

      Well, Thumper, I guess i can at least say 'thank you' for your concern for my 'immortal soul.' And, thanks for taking time to try and answer my questions by offering your *opinions*


      December 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
    • JPG

      @Peace for what its worth to you –

      Your question about how could a loving God allow people to burn in hell is a good one. And I understand your frustration of Christians using the Bible (that you dont believe in) to make their point. The best answer for that is that the Bible is where we do learn about the character of God. God isnt PC. The picture of Jesus loving the little lambs is sweet but the Bible in Revelation also describes a Jesus kicking some rear when he comes back.
      God is perfect. he doesnt hate those who dont know Him. He hates sin. He cant stand it and wont be around it (thus Hell) He gave a solution for it. Jesus himself said that God didnt send him to condemn the world but to save it. The problem is that man wants to be like God. If you think about it – that is what you really want to be. You are accusing the creator of the universe of not being loving. Its because in your eyes He isnt being fair. He is God – you arent.
      The best non-Biblical example I can give you is to look at our world. If you cant see the sin and selfishness and anti God all around you then you are the foolish one. The only thing that makes sense of a world with war, prisons, and greed is that we are all sinners. But the good news is there is a real God – who forgives those who recognize him as God and confess their sins and accept the free gift that was paid for by God on the cross.
      Or you can continue to argue with God and choose to be your own God. 'Cause you could do a better job. 'Cause you think you are God. (Im just like you – dont get me wrong – but I claim Jesus – and God keeps His promises.)

      December 1, 2010 at 9:37 pm |
    • Thumper

      @Peace sorry my explanation pushed you further away 🙁 JPG did do a better job... You gotta get to know God before you judge him and the only way to do that is through his word. If you just give the Bible a chance, even if you study it in order to prove it wrong, you may actually become a convert! Once you can understand the real true and perfect love maybe you wouldn't see hell as such a harsh punishment. He does lots of things to stop us from going to hell, Jesus is his Son, what a big sacrifice to give! Also, look at the everyday stuff He provides us with- sun, rain, food, air etc. Even though all of us go about or days ungrateful and some even cursing our creator. He shows us mercy in so many ways and love. I didn't mean for the quote to sound like "too bad" who would want to see their works destroyed? But there is a point when you have to respect the right to choose and that is what God does- he gives us the choice, life or death (heaven or hell) and gives you a lifetime to choose. If you want life, choose Jesus.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:04 pm |
    • Peace2All

      @Thumper & @JPG

      Well, thanks guys for chatting with me and attempting to answer some of my questions.


      December 2, 2010 at 2:26 am |
    • Chad


      The conundrum you posit here is the chief problem with the tenets of modern Christianity. It cannot be explained away, no matter how hard people try, because it is an irreconcilable contradiction.

      The notion of "free will" completely contradicts the assertion that "God" is omniscient, omnipotent, and perfect, to say nothing of loving. The Calvinist concept of predestination was argued and debated centuries ago. To say that "God" is all-knowing means that he already KNOWS, before any of us are even born, who will and who will not "be saved." This is the foundation of predestination as a theory. The problem with this is that it completely destroys the concept of "free will" - and it certainly destroys the whole purpose of prayer. If "God" already has a master plan, and has preordained everything already, who are YOU to be praying and asking for things? Christians will babble something about praying for God's will to be done, etc., but really, if his will is going to be done anyway, and he's already got it sorted out who will and who will not be on the cargo ship to heaven, then it all seems pretty pointless to pray and hope and ask and minister to people.

      Completely irreconcilable contradiction, but Christians still rationalize it, just as they rationalize all the other utter nonsense in the bible.


      December 2, 2010 at 6:00 am |
    • Kevin

      If Jesus died on the cross to pay for our sins and to allow us to be forgiven and go to heaven, who did he pay? By definition, an all-powerful God created heaven, hell, good, and evil. If he had to pay for something, then he clearly isn't the master of all things. And if he is all-knowing, man cannot have free will because God already knows what everyone will do, and by creating them God made it impossible for them to do anything different. Unless he made a mistake, which perfect beings cannot do. So we're back to God being either imperfect or sadistic (which is, in my view, and imprefection in itself).

      December 2, 2010 at 11:26 am |
    • Peace2All

      @Chad & @Keving

      Thanks for chiming in guys. Yes, I am well-aware of the irreconcilable and full contradictory assertions of logic. Hence, my respectful asking of the questions to see if any 'believers' could 'maybe' add something new to the debate.

      Obviously, not...(see @Thumper & @JPG's postings to mine). However, I do appreciate their responding. (Thanks -Thumper & JPG).

      Oh, and @Phil has at times posted similar Christian believer reasoning, and so I was in the mood to see if he, personally had something else to counter my challenges.

      Anyways, thanks again guys for posting...


      December 2, 2010 at 1:54 pm |
    • Chad

      The easiest proof of God's fallibility lies in the sky. According to Judeo-Christian mythology, the rainbow is a sign, it is God's sacred covenant to us that he'll never get all mad and commit mass planet-wide murder again, killing millions upon millions of men, women, children, and animals. It is, quite succinctly, his admission of making a mistake.

      Set and match.

      December 2, 2010 at 9:18 pm |
    • WOW

      i didnt know people could be so well dumb

      December 4, 2010 at 10:59 pm |
    • TruthBTold

      From my perspective "Peace2All", if God did not allow man the free will to make choices, then, He'd be blamed either way. In fact, we'd accuse Him of being just like us – no different – having favorites and preferring the King David(s) of the world as opposed to Hitler. In fact, what's the different? One man is both resistant and repentant of evil, again, by choice – according to His word – while the other is, simply, opposed to being stopped amid his wickedness.

      At least, in this case, He has given us the right to choose an eternity via salvation or hell's fury; again, our choice.

      In the meantime, He's given us every example imaginable of those who (at some point) oppose evil – even unto their own death – choosing to serve according to His will as oppose to the way of the world and those who don't; therefore, when we awake to find our beds have been made, we can rest assured that we both choose its place and, willfully, made it there. In other words, while there are those who would take away our freedom to choose via slavery or some other abuse, God has provided "ALL" – in His wisdom – the liberty to have it our way and has (also) given a way out to those who find themselves subject to wickedness by way of the authority of another.

      January 1, 2011 at 2:23 pm |
  10. Tom

    Typical HYPOCRITES preaching morality and sinning non stop themselves...when will the american stupid sheep figure out these people are just money grubbing capitalists like every corporate pig...they just lie and say they're doing the lord's work. SHAME on them all.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
  11. Johnny

    It was another woman and not a little boy? Really? Okay...

    I don't have a problem with scam artists like these peddling the Jesus Juice to the unwitting and uneducated. But when you're busted for a major offense like this, shouldn't you step down and off the pulpit? How can you continue to preach a pattern of behavior that you can't possible believe in?

    December 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
    • Mark

      So only perfect people can be preachers then? Sounds like a tough world you want to live in, with no forgiveness and all...

      December 1, 2010 at 12:40 pm |
    • Johnny

      Forgiveness for an OBVIOUSLY slimy, crooked con-man?!

      Fine, forgive his kind. Send him money and listen to his spectacular sermons of silliness.

      Be all the brainwash victim that Jesus made you to be.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:00 pm |
    • Babydoc

      Not a little boy – he's not a Catholic priest after all!

      December 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
    • auguron

      At this rate it should be recognized for what it is, a scam, and punished as such.

      December 4, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  12. Alex

    And people still give money to these charlatans?

    December 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
    • Thomas

      As some old dead guy once said "A fool and his money are soon parted."

      December 1, 2010 at 2:09 pm |
  13. Zeeman

    Let him be stoned to death

    December 1, 2010 at 12:13 pm |
    • BuddyKowalsk

      No the man is almost never stoned. It is the womans fault for tempting him ! He fell under the spell of a she-devil ! The other woman should be brought out to the gates of the city and stoned by the elders !

      December 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
    • auguron

      Stone them both and let their god sort it out.

      December 5, 2010 at 1:33 am |
  14. Brian

    Christians aren't perfect. Colin need to get a grip and Stevie please don't fall from the roof.

    Personally I think I'm more upset by his clothing choice and his facial hair . . .and those stripes on his wife's blouse. Now that's a sin!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
    • TM

      You rock dude.

      December 1, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
    • right

      This man preys on the weak, the slow, and the elderly in gods name and you're concerned about his hairstyle ? : {

      December 2, 2010 at 6:12 am |
    • Creeped out

      I'm a little creeped out by the way his wife is smiling in this picture. Is she thinking of the pre-nup? Is she on something?

      December 2, 2010 at 6:59 am |
    • auguron

      Then those vermin can stop pretending as though they are perfect. Until then, they can deal with the humiliation they deserve.

      December 4, 2010 at 10:35 pm |
  15. whatnext

    I'm glad their account was transparent, but was it sustainable?

    December 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
    • OH YEA

      Too Funny... Must have been quite the business meeting before they trucked that one out.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:10 pm |
  16. santa

    Just so hard to logically believe in God but not Santa, Easter Bunny, and the tooth fairy...the last three at least always appeared to put me in a great mood...if their is a God he sure does have a bad sense of humor on earth.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:11 pm |
    • MRB

      I do believe that God has a sence of Humor on Earth. We are all just way too seriour and think that we are too perfect to admit we do anything wrong. If you go back to the 10 Commandments the first one is Treat your neighbor as yourself. Not do not commit murder or adultry. Think about it if we all just treated each other the way we want to be treated there would be no other sins to commit. Am I perfect? Absolutely not!!! I have commited many sins and have asked for forgiveness. My biggest problem is I believe God has forgiven me I can't always forgive myself. I hope everyone athiests and christians, and all other religons have a great holiday season because whether they believe it or not blogs like these at least make you think of God.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:25 pm |
    • Cricket

      I agree Santa. As a child, I was told by my elders there is a santa claus but there is not...and there is an Easter Bunny but there is not...same with the tooth fairy. I find it very hard, although I have tried, to believe there is a man who decides who is going to live and who will die...which child will be abused and which one will not...etc. I am a spiritual person, as cliche as it sounds, and believe God lives within me and is my soul/conscience. He has no control over anything but me and how I deal with things in my life. Televangelists, preachers, and priests should have God in their own souls and should stop telling others how to behave.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:59 pm |
    • Shock-it-to-me

      Okay... fine. I'm with you about Santa and that gimmick we like to call the Easter Bunny (show me one bunny that lays chocolate eggs!). But what's this you're saying about the tooth fairy? I don't get it.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:46 pm |
    • Bob

      MRB, you can't be serious. The first commandment establishes a monopoly: NO other gods before the Big Guy.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
    • dmbfan

      @MRB – Bob is right. The first commandment says you shall have no other gods before me. God implies that there ARE other gods. God is just asserting that the people of Israel are to put God first. Failure to do so will result in punishment of the children, grandchildren, great-grandchildren, and great-great grandchildren of transgressors. (Exodus 20:5)

      December 1, 2010 at 3:35 pm |
    • rgb

      Ah, I see. The God of Abraham is, of course, all-good and all-just and THAT'S why he is perfectly happy to punish the unborn descendants of sinners for the sins of their forebears.

      Why, it makes such perfect sense, doesn't it. I know, next time somebody commits a murder, let's execute his children for the crime instead, or maybe put them in prison for life. Oh, and their grandchildren too. After all, we must follow the Divine Example, mustn't we...


      December 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
    • DanW

      @ rgb

      The sins of teh fathers being visited on th echildren has nothing to do with punishment. It refers to children picking up their parents sinful habits, because the parents refuse to repent. We know full well, for eample, that the children of alcoholics who do not turn away from the drink are far more likely to be alcoholics themselves. The promise from God is that if we turn from our sins He will intervene and deliver our children from our bad example.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:08 pm |
    • DanW

      @ rgb

      The sins of the fathers being visited on the children has nothing to do with punishment. It refers to children picking up their parents sinful habits, because the parents refuse to repent. We know full well, for example, that the children of alcoholics are far more likely to be alcoholics themselves. The promise from God is that if we turn from our sins He will intervene and deliver our children from our bad example.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:10 pm |
    • maine liberal

      They said there'll be snow at christmas
      They said there'll be peace on earth
      But instead it just kept on raining
      A veil of tears for the virgin's birth
      I remember one christmas morning
      A winters light and a distant choir
      And the peal of a bell and that christmas tree smell
      And their eyes full of tinsel and fire

      They sold me a dream of christmas
      They sold me a silent night
      And they told me a fairy story
      'till I believed in the israelite
      And I believed in father christmas
      And I looked at the sky with excited eyes
      'till I woke with a yawn in the first light of dawn
      And I saw him and through his disguise

      I wish you a hopeful christmas
      I wish you a brave new year
      All anguish pain and sadness
      Leave your heart and let your road be clear
      They said there'll be snow at christmas
      They said there'll be peace on earth
      Hallelujah noel be it heaven or hell
      The christmas you get you deserve

      December 1, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • jk8

      MRB, The first Commandment is: You shall have no other gods before me.
      MRB=Fail. Maybe you should pick up a Bible before you go and spout God's Word on Cnn

      December 1, 2010 at 8:47 pm |
    • Give peace a chance

      Yes I know. It is funny to watch all of the apologists of religion scramble to find some passage from the bible so that they can point to it and say "NANNY NANNY BOO BOO see it says right here so it must be true, I'm right your wrong" So much wrong is done by religion. People REALLY BELIEVE and that to me is the scariest thing on earth. That is why they fly planes into buildings and massacre thousands of people. Even in today's modern world do many cling to the ancient medieval story of Jesus. Yeah he existed, but he was not born of God, nor did he have any super powers. People in the Sudan are killing each other RIGHT NOW as we type in the name of JESUS> Those in the Sudan are split into 2 religious camps (Muslims, and Christians) and they kill each other over who has the real god. It is sad that religion still spoils the minds of people. There is no Allah, or Jesus. Haven't enough people died over this already. Grow up people. Can't we just be good humanitarian. Unfortunately most of the religious people only do good and help people because the believe selfishly that it will get them to heaven. Would they do these good deeds if they were not afraid of God striking them down? Doesn't the fact that there are over 2000 different versions of Christianity click on a light bulb in peoples heads. When the world evolves and things become dis proven the Christians just make up a new version of their bible to fit the times. ENOUGH PEOPLE. It is very frustrating for Atheists to just sit back and watch these fun-dies destroy the lives of others over their mystic beliefs. We know from modern psychology that humans are prone to belief in "something" greater than themselves. The world is too awesome and fascinating to have been made by a man. It is egotistical for humans to think that someone like themselves could create such an intricate ever evolving ecosphere. It does not bother me that people have beliefs in supernatural things as long as they don't persecute others like the Christians and Muslims do. The Hindu religions and the Buddists are peaceful and have enlightened beliefs. Do I believe in them? NO, Do I have a say in what they believe? NO, but when people continue to kill each other like they are doing right now in the name of Jesus, it makes me sick. Millions, upon Millions have been murder because of Jesus, can't you all just find a new religion, HEY what about Scientology. Christians should be able to take to that storry pretty easy since they have much in commom, and Scientologists dont kill people wholesale . . . . . not yet anyway.

      December 6, 2010 at 4:46 pm |
    • BD

      @ santa – If "THERE" is a god, you idiot! THERE!! THERE!! THERE!!!!

      December 14, 2010 at 4:20 pm |
  17. Betty Lou


    December 1, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • Shock-it-to-me

      Do you feel for me the way I feel for you?
      Betty Lou, let me tell you what I wanna do
      I wanna love you, wanna hug you, wanna squeeze you too.
      Let me take you in my arms
      let me feel you with my charms
      Betty, 'cause you know I'm the one to keep you warm
      Betty. I'll make it more than just a physical gene
      I wanna rock you, Betty baby, make you baby wanna scream.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:48 pm |
    • Jack

      Thanks to all on this "shocking" thread for reminding me how divine a thing it is to laugh. People like you give me hope for our future.

      December 2, 2010 at 2:15 am |
    • terre08

      They call him by the "Prince of Peace"
      And they call him by "The Saviour"
      And they pray to him upon the sea
      And in every bold endeavor
      As they fill his churches with their pride and gold
      And their faith in him increases
      But they've turned the nature that I worshipped in
      From a temple to a robber's den
      In the words of the rebel Jesus

      We guard our world with locks and guns
      And we guard our fine possessions
      And once a year when Christmas comes
      We give to our relations
      And perhaps we give a little to the poor
      If the generosity should seize us
      But if any one of us should interfere
      In the business of why there are poor
      They get the same as the rebel Jesus

      December 22, 2010 at 10:34 pm |
  18. Brett

    I'm shocked....shocked, I tell you!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:09 pm |
    • AC


      December 1, 2010 at 12:33 pm |
    • Jack

      I'm simply shocked to be shocked by all these shocking comments! Shockingly, I should like to suggest we all just shut-up and shimmy to some Chaka Khan!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
    • Shocked Dancer

      Do you feel for me the way I feel for you?
      Chaka Khan, let me tell you what I wanna do
      I wanna love you, wanna hug you, wanna squeeze you too.
      Let me take you in my arms
      let me feel you with my charms
      Chaka, 'cause you know I'm the one to keep you warm
      Chaka. I'll make it more than just a physical gene
      I wanna rock you, Chaka baby, make you baby wanna scream.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:31 pm |
    • Shock-it-to-me

      You'll be shocked to know that nobody here is, shockingly, more shocked than I have been shocked by this shocking story. In a word – Shocking!

      December 1, 2010 at 2:39 pm |
    • TCP

      Don't you know you got to....
      SHOCK the Monkey

      December 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm |

      Shock me, shock me, shock me!

      Long story short, I'm shocked.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:09 pm |
    • Debra

      Shock me all night long!

      December 6, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  19. Phila1776

    I dislike "televangelists", but I dislike extortionists even more. Why didn't they contact the FBI and set up a trap, something like Letterman did?

    December 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      Because they've figured out a way to weave their story into their soap box religion and make (more) money? Because they were about to be exposed, so they are making "lemonade from lemons" by getting the story out first and portraying themselves as victims? To create a greater bond with their customers by saying "Hey, look at us, we're human too!"

      December 1, 2010 at 12:07 pm |
    • nrc

      HotAir, that is spot on! It is called brand management. They lost their faith many dollars ago. Now it is about protecting a lifestyle at all cost. Notice how he didn't say, "I'm retiring to focus on my family."

      December 1, 2010 at 1:21 pm |
    • SMITH1279

      So let me get this straight – the sin of adultery was exposed by the sin of extortion (theft), was cover up for years by the sin of lying, and now all involved in the sins are exposed by the sin of gossip. How wonderful. Those of you who are casting judgement on all of them will yourselves (as will I) be judged by Jesus the Christ himself. I was a nonbeliever for 47 years, and now I have a great relationship with the true and LIVING God. It's all about the relationship with Him, so exercise some grace for all have sinned and come short of the glory of God.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
    • Ficheye

      SMITH1279: You were an unbeliever for 47 years....lolololololololololololololololol.....!!!!! It is so typical in america for people to be serial sinners their entire lives, but after the halfway point, when youth has disappeared along with most of your hair, it's time to be saved. Along with that comes a new and deep hypocrisy, bleating out all sorts of self righteous garbage like you've always been 'a lamb of God'. Your statement may make you feel better, but not me. I know that there are millions like you and we are not a better nation for it.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
    • Jake Buskirik

      I fully support the extortionists in this instance.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:22 pm |
    • Andrew

      Oh don't worry Ficheye, not all of us atheists are so quick to give up intellectual honesty for a cheap feeling of comfort that religion can offer. Not all of us are afraid of what's unknown and so we resort to stories to comfort us, some of us actually still maintain integrity. There are no atheists in foxholes isn't exactly a truism.

      December 2, 2010 at 1:02 am |
    • auguron

      I'm siding with the extortionists in this case. It's good that these charlatans suffer for their crimes against humanity. It is unfortunate that they will most likely not suffer enough.

      December 4, 2010 at 10:28 pm |
  20. Steve

    These people are horrible. And they want your money!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:03 pm |
    • Beverly L.

      No preacher believes in the gospel but they can't say that because they make a lot of money.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:42 pm |
    • DanW

      @Beverly L.

      That statement is completely hypocritical and judgemental. How can you state what is in any preacher's heart, much less all of them? Pot meet kettle.

      December 1, 2010 at 5:00 pm |
    • Dolores

      Beverly, many preachers earn very little, and some take no money from their ministry which means they work two jobs. And they believe whole heartedly in God. Most full-time ministers put in 60-80 hours per week.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:08 pm |
    • jesus

      Let me tell it like it is. Televangelists are in the religious entertainment business. They put on a show for those who are devout Christians. People send them money because they really enjoyed the show and want to see more. Televangelists (I know more than a few) see themselves as entertainers. Most do NOT believe in the Christian dogma that they speak about. One called it the adult version of Santa Claus. It does provide them with a very luxurious lifestyle. LIke Rock Stars, many are prone to stepping out and doing the town (so to speak). Marcus was doing what so many have done before him and what so many will continue to do.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:22 pm |
    • jk8

      yeah, CHAD, you need to reread your Bible minus the greedy eyes. Matthew 25 is talking about being ready (Yes money is used in a parable) Maybe you should look up the definition of "parable" ...if you don't I'll break it down for you. A Parable is a story using everyday things (like money) to give a higher truth. So, maybe you should re-consider and go read Luke 18:18 and get off your high religious horse

      December 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
    • Wretched

      Obviously, these preachers, along with so many right wing politicians, forget the following verse: "But seek ye first the kingdom of God, and his righteousness; and all these things shall be added unto you." Matt 3:7

      They're too busy chasing skirts, money, and earthly power. If these are the spokespeople for Christ, I don't want any part of this religion.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:53 pm |
    • antiself4christ

      Those of you cherry picking bible passages to make christianity suit your lifestyle stop it. Take the gospel as a whole or dont take it at all. If a verse doesnt seem right with the complete message of the gospel your either taking it the wrong way or it was put there by man not god. Do your best to do what christ asks and if u fail then humbly try harder dont ever try to change the message because u cant do it.

      December 2, 2010 at 12:08 am |
    • Mike

      Who Cares!

      December 2, 2010 at 5:28 am |
    • bill randes

      Anybody notice that his wife is HOT!

      December 2, 2010 at 5:59 am |
    • Doug

      They pretend as though they really believe in those fairy tales and really they don't.. even his money grubbing wife will stay by his side, where else can she make that kind of money.. They are the worst of the worst..

      December 2, 2010 at 6:11 am |
    • Mike

      ANOTHER example of hypocritical insincere idiots who rip off even bigger idiots who send them money

      December 2, 2010 at 6:17 am |
    • joe b

      I hope he used a condom.

      December 2, 2010 at 7:40 am |
    • Donna

      Loser!!!! He should've just kept his mouth shut or paid the money to save his wife the shame. And she's an idiot for staying with him!!! What???.......no self respect anymore???? It's all about the money. Why would anybody listen to him, or his wife, when it comes to preaching/?? I just don't get it.

      December 2, 2010 at 9:40 am |
    • Rosana

      Steve, they are not horrible, they ARE THE FACE OF TEA PARTY!!!! Any questions please see your pastor. And I say this because these tea partiers constantly refer to their GOD and their BIBLE.... here-in the sarah palins who demonize our president as muslim while violating the very word they supposedly live by.

      December 2, 2010 at 5:12 pm |
    • Lisa

      Dear "These People are Liars" – Question why your governing body won't hold open door meetings. You are being charged far more than money for your "truth".

      December 3, 2010 at 6:43 pm |
    • auguron

      I fail to see why anyone is surprised by this. It is par for the course as far as this 'profession' is concerned.

      December 4, 2010 at 10:24 pm |
    • Tad

      Agree. From a Christian standpoint, Why do they have millions to sue for? Did God give it to them? He'll No! Satan gave it to them. Satan the Devil is their true father. Proof is Jesus said be like me. Jesus was NOT a millionaire like Joel Olsteen and others. Every dollar they spend from their fortune Shames my Lord Jesus Christ, they're Final Judge. I believe their suffering in He'll will be the greater because they lost So much, their beloved Money!

      December 11, 2010 at 11:21 am |
    • Joan

      Christians and Preachers are human. They make mistakes. This is not a perfect world. As Christ states" those without sin cast the first stone!"

      December 13, 2010 at 4:05 am |
    • AC

      MAJOR MAKE BELIEVE – I am with you.
      Jones – do not call an atheist a religious person. We believe..., but we are not religious. We are seekers.., thats why we grow, we are not going back into dark ages. Have a nice trip.

      December 14, 2010 at 9:28 am |
    • William Bergmann

      The "flock" never learns, that is why these people can admit to this and just keep raking in the money. It's hard to find a televangelist that has not swindled their flock. Crystal Cathedral? Still thieving as well as ever. Joel Osteen? Wait awhile. Franklin Graham? Doomed.

      December 18, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
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