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. Joe_Citizen

    Isnt it amazing how MORALLY BANKRUPT the wife is also.
    She's sitting there SMILING at him...! She is SO SUCKED up to the CASH the church provides them, that she SOLD herself out for the cash.!


    I'm waiting to hear about Ed "the DBAG" Young from FellowshipChurch next.!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:29 pm |
  2. MikeMazzla

    I have to give props to televangelists because they are constantly tricking thousands...millions of people into attending those ridiculous sermons, watching the shows, believing the nonsense they say and the stuff they sell etc etc. For people to be continually fooled while these people reap the benefits of such ignorance..well i have to give them credit. It is silly enough to believe in God..but even if you do.. to follow these people in such huge numbers shows the stupidity of huge number of people in the country.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:28 pm |
  3. Rudolph

    I want to be a rich televangelist who gets to cheat and then repent. How does one get started with this scam?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  4. mauidano

    As W.C Fields said..."There's a sucker born every minute". I see they are all giving money to these televangelists. LMAO! Absolutely hilarious!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
    • Thomas

      Actually it was David Hannum who said that.

      December 1, 2010 at 3:33 pm |
  5. richard

    Is that picture at the moment he is telling his story?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:25 pm |
  6. J Patcher

    Mr. lamb's infidelities happens years ago. He has just recently announced that he cheated on his wife to fend off blackmailers. So what's the big deal? The dude comes clean to save money. Sounds very Xian to me!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:24 pm |
  7. Telrider

    Look at his eyes. You see nothing but evil.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:22 pm |
  8. chris

    Oh, look. More hypocrisy from these folks. So he finally 'admitted' it when he knew it was going to come out anyway. How 'christian' of him.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  9. Tomen8r

    Two more phony people realizing that the spotlight drifted by them recently. The clown is into counting his money, not God, wife and family. Unfortunately, this will trigger donations from the uneducated down trodden who swallow this crap on a daily basis.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:20 pm |
  10. John R

    1. I am older than most people posting.....which may surprise you that this is about the

    2. 439th time I have heard about some "preacher" commiting adultery....

    the ole retired lawyer from West Texas

    December 1, 2010 at 3:19 pm |
    • asrael

      John: You're actually counting? Say it isn't so...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:44 pm |
  11. Albert

    He only confessed in order to save his money. Another false "Christian" bites the dust.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:18 pm |
  12. Erik

    This is news?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:17 pm |
  13. Kevin

    These "Televangelists" are nothing short of modern day "money changers in the temple".

    December 1, 2010 at 3:16 pm |
  14. max wendroff

    You are stupid and naive just like Obama.
    You should have told the police, and set up a sting.
    Now, she’s going to get away with it.
    And as far as Obama, How many more troops are going to get killed before he pulls out?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
    • asrael

      Love that God; hate that Obama. Christian commentary by a true believer...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:43 pm |
  15. opinion

    I applaud him for outing this information instead of paying off extortionists. But as a Christian I am sick of hearing about these televangelists...really, really sick of it. We all sin but some of these people's behavior is so deviant it is disgusting and they stand up there on the pulpit and preach. I have zero respect for quite a few of them and the people who give them money to continue with their deviancy.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  16. David

    Televangelist admits wrong-doing, not because he feels remorse, but to perform a Letterman-style rug pull on an extortion plot. How insincere. Not being judgemental. Just wondering about his priorities.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:08 pm |
  17. Apeman

    I can't wait till your Satan gets his claws in your ignorant hide.....your moronic religions are just a way to control the masses...rule by fear....don't let people think for themselves....ARGGGGH!!!! You make my brain hurt....

    December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  18. ST

    It appears to me that the only ABSOLUTE in all of these arguments about religion is that NOBODY knows where life began. Let's all agree to disagree, live the best lives we can, and see where each of us ends up when we die.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  19. Itsa Circus

    If people are so gullible as to give money to a televangical preacher begging for money to stay on the air, as they all do, they would be soon parted with their money anyway. Seriously people – your god created the universe, but is always short on cash?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:05 pm |
  20. BrianL

    So this was a "challenge", now. Funny how when a televangelist, or other "christian" (note the small 'c') gets caught, there's always God's mercy and forgiveness and everything is just fine afterwards.
    But they crucify and treat in the most un-Christian way peopel who are gay, for being themselves naturally. For them, there is never forgiveness or mercy, apparently. Oh, yes, if they "change" – but of course, changing that is the same as trying to change a straight person into being gay. Won't happen. but again, they ignore that.
    Meanwhile, televangelists and prominent "christians", republicans, etc.... keep on doing what they want, knowing it'll all be "forgiven" by the rightwingnut masses who claim they are "chrisitan" (not the words "claim" and the small 'c').

    December 1, 2010 at 3:04 pm |
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