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. Denise

    Monogamy is a choice, a decision, a committment. It doesn't occur naturally. I'm in total agreement with Mark Twain on the whole God issue. You really CAN be good without a God or any deity. Being kind and considerate to your fellow man, animal, and the planet is also a choice, a decision, a committment.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:02 pm |
  2. Amazzzing Larry

    If you've sent money to a preacher on the TV lookie-box... you might be a redneck.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:00 pm |
    • Cricket

      Shows how much you know about rednecks...we're not sending our beer money to no televangelist!

      December 1, 2010 at 3:41 pm |
  3. Former WMCF-45 Employee

    Wow, it is about time... I worked for this man for 6 years at WMCF from 1985 until 1991 when he sold his station in Montgomery Alabama and left all of us with nothing after we worked and slaved to see his vision through. That he has just now been caught with his pants down comes as a surprise, he should have been caught 20 years ago. Guess too many people around him believed his vision and carried a blind eye, but he had to move to Texas to build up his vision. This man is no more a man of God than a beggar on the street, I have seen him fain tears with a water bottle, cry wine and beg for money. Preach for the most on high and cuss his staff up one side to the other because of problems when the money wasn't coming in. He preys on the old, weak minded, and those who believe. There is nothing Christian about him, he is just a money grubbing leach who has not taken a step off the eternal cliff of salvation.
    As far as Joni, well you guys can keep drooling, keep the TV image in your mind, if you know her you would think much differently. I personally have been nearly cussed out because I could not make that shrill voice sound like anything but, there is not enough echo in the grand canyon to fix that.

    It is really sad for all the victims of the Lambs..

    December 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  4. Erik

    Oh God, another cheater. I am sure Jesus will offer him his "golden parachute" in due time.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  5. peakarach

    Did anyone ever realize that Christianity and Islam are base on Judaism and they all came from the Middle East countries (Arab countries)?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:58 pm |
  6. Like that

    At least he didnt have a slurpee summit with teenage boys for cash and cars. LOL

    December 1, 2010 at 2:57 pm |
  7. gale

    One more reason for people to hate christianity.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:56 pm |
  8. Iphantom

    I'm actually shocked by this announcement. Shocked that it wasn't a dude with whom he was having an affair. We all know how those right wing christians get down behind closed doors šŸ™‚

    December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
  9. Steve J

    Noticing a few things: 1. People are quick to condemn others who mess up rather than admit their own shortcomings. 2. Atheists try to use these sort of stories to discount a belief in God – which is just about as logical as not believing in evolution because Darwin had an affair. 3. Situations like this are used to stereotype billions of people in the world as stupid and gullible.

    I'm a Christian, I'm not stupid. I don't like televangelists. I don't give them money. my belief is grounded in experience and my search for truth, not in the morality of some guy in Texas. I don't enjoy being stereotyped – so stop it. šŸ™‚

    December 1, 2010 at 2:55 pm |
    • MikeAndIke

      ditto to every word

      December 1, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
    • asrael

      I'm sure atheists concur: kindly stop the stereotyping...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:38 pm |
  10. Saint Ringo

    I want to send this guy more money

    December 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
  11. Saint Ringo

    money money money money........m..o..n..e..y

    December 1, 2010 at 2:52 pm |
  12. RW

    These televangelists are no more religious than the rest of us. It's big money. Gold trim in every room of their mansions. People, watch them on TV, but don't fall for their acting, and do not donate any money. You will see how they react later.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
  13. Min. Hankerson

    As minister of the gospel I remember back when I used to have the same mindset and spout the negative barb that has been displayed on this post. But I am thankful for his infinite grace and mercy in that he forgave me even when I didn't deserve it. You can say what you want and lie on the facts all you wish but the facts remain that God is good, Jesus saves and man is fallable. Faith and forgiveness are requirements that have to be understood for without faith its impossible to please God. I don't need to see God to know he is there. I've felt his presence and it's absolutely indescribable so if you don't believe I understand as I was at that point not that long ago, but if you desire to meet and experience him. I challenge you to just go to his word with a sincere heart. Then wait and watch. May God Truly Bless You All.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:51 pm |
    • Thomas

      Worried about losing your job?

      Hey, its your gig. If that's your bag, so be it. But don't expect others to buy into it.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:27 pm |
    • MikeAndIke

      thank you for posting because 90% of the people that are posting are atheists and they need to realize that not everybody is as misguided as themselves...

      December 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  14. 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 2:44 pm |
  15. butterfly72

    I would rather live my life believing there is a God and then find out in the end that there isn't, than live my life recklessly and find out in the end that there is!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  16. peakarach

    If Jesus is controling everythings then he must be responsible for wars,serial killers,murders,child molester,rapist,earthquake,drougth,diseases,hatred,bigotry,racism and etc right?

    December 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  17. Christian Musician

    A true Christian in this situation would step down from a leadership role and humbly begin anew. Iā€™m sure if Rev. Lamb found any of his ministry leaders committing adultery that they would be dismissed from their position of leadership. Time and time again these ministry leaders are told that they are to be held to a higher standard of accountability. Yet Reverends, Pastors, and Priests are somehow above this level of scrutiny. The Bible states that you must confess your sins and transgressions. Rev. Lamb chose to keep this secret for several years all the while preaching on honesty and integrity.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  18. taintalizer

    I am glad they did this. I love the way they stuck it to the extortionists. Stand by your million dollar man!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
  19. Bill

    The funniest part of the confession is not that they came forward because it was the right thing to do, but because they didn't want to pay the blackmail. In any case, the whole affair is just typical religious, conservative family values at work. When you people stop lecturing others on morality, it won't be big news when you are exposed as immoral.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:37 pm |
  20. Satan

    Once again I prevail. That nitwit bible pusher fell to my temptations, and all of his idiot followers will send him more of thier cash in the name of that pansy god. Righteousness, and greed rule the day!! God is weak, and kicking his butt. Look around you fools. It's obvious I'm winning.

    December 1, 2010 at 2:36 pm |
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