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. Common Sense

    These televangelist are the biggest kooks in the world.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:24 pm |
    • Scott

      Did you meen kooks or crooks?

      December 1, 2010 at 7:21 pm |
  2. Thatguy371

    I'd say the money wh#%&s are the ones trying to extort 7.5 mil. Not the couple. And all this commotion over boinking... or lack of it as whatever the case may be. Get over yourselves. If the Lord had invented anything better he'd have kept it to himself.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  3. ralph

    People get real there is no space god up above that created the world,science has proved that the world has been around for millions of years yet if you believe the bible it is only 6000 years old.Also you cant really believe the story of adam n eve n talking snakes.Read some non fiction people.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  4. CitizenJP

    In Hinduism there is no such thing as sin. It is called karma instead. You accrue either good or bad karma. Karma is the residual reaction to the action. Until the residual is zero, the reaction from a particular action continues. Every action has a consequence. Rev. Lamb breached the trust of his wife and there is no way he can escape from the consequence that followed, follows, and is yet to follow from his action. The consequences of his action has been guilt, fear of getting exposed, retributions from his wife, impact on his love life, diminution of respect from his children and community, etc. etc. God neither punishes nor rewards – the modes of nature does. We all must be very careful about our thoughts, speeches, and actions.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:23 pm |
  5. Goenka

    Sure he's human; sure he made mistakes. But preaching do as I say, not as I do is hypocrisy plain and simple

    December 1, 2010 at 2:22 pm |
  6. sean

    According to the bible, this guy should not be preaching.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  7. Eric

    We are all sinners.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  8. Denker

    They are as fake as their reality.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  9. Carol

    God may forgive him since he knows his heart. Whether we want him to be a spiritual leader is another matter. Adultery is a big offense that brakes one of God's commandments. It is rarely done without premeditation. If he was a minister at the time, it is a clear conflict of interest. Rather than leading, he needs a good example to follow. He probably shouldn't be a minister. Let someone with more moral strength take the job.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  10. Rich

    are we supposed to be surprised by this?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:19 pm |
  11. Sheesh

    My four year old believes in the easter bunny as fervently as adult religeous types believe whispering to a spirit in the sky will save them from misfortune in an equally unproven afterlife. Why would any rational person believe they could say anything at all to such a gullible and irrational sentient that would sway them from such a comfortable fantasy?

    Jesus simply used the most successful business plan of all time – make people afraid of something & then convince them you are the only thing that can save them from the fear you created for them. From that point on it's just a matter of sell baby sell.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  12. snoopypoops

    Dude, check out the look on the wife's face...can you say "cult"??

    December 1, 2010 at 2:17 pm |
  13. The world would be a better place if...

    there are no religions at all.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  14. Jesus was a space alien

    They forgave each other but was that to save their TV empire? The article does not give the whole story about the supposed extortion. Where their is fraud there is extortion. You might as well donate your dollars to the church of the flying spagetti monster.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:16 pm |
  15. Scott

    I am a simple man, perhaps not a christian or an athiest am i. i am just a man trying to raise two children and be a good husband. When it is my time to go, i will close my eyes knowing i was the best man that I could be even with poor choices and bad decisions at stages in my life. I will close my eyes in peace and hopefully wait for a new adventure.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
  16. John Marcus Little

    Marcus and Joni Lamb are wonderful people. God will continue to minister through them now more than ever. I'll be praying for them.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:15 pm |
    • Rich

      I'm sure they will be happy to take more of your money.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:20 pm |
  17. mdn

    It is remarkable how these hippocrites can continue to preach about marraige, abstinence, abortion, etc., with credibility based on the notion that God forgives. Yes, God may forgive you for your sins, but that does not repair or restore your credibility.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  18. kds562

    He'll buy his wife a new Mercedes with God's money and all will be forgiven. Praise the Lord and pass the keys.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  19. brianNH

    A religious nut who's a hypocrite? This is news?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
  20. M.K.

    If one takes the bible literally, and according to god's laws and civilized man's laws, Jesus was born to a woman who was married to her husband [or was living with him] other than the biological sire, therefore he would be an illegitimate person as described in the bible and as described by the laws of the civilized countries of the world. Also the first woman on earth [according to genesis] was a tramp, and her first born was a cold blooded killer. Also God killed everyone on earth except the ones on the Ark and the millions of animals and insects thathe allowed to be on the ark. Come on, what a silly thing to believe in.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:14 pm |
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