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. Mild Bill

    I wonder how this would play out if the shoe was on the other foot...as in if it were the wife having the affair instead of the Preacher?

    Just wondering...

    December 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
  2. Roger

    All you folks spouting nonsense about something you know nothing about, or quoting some fool who also new nothing about the after life, really need to chill out. All these "holy men" are just rippin' you off. If you really want to cover your A$$, just try treating all living creatures as you would have them treat you, if the roles were reversed. Do that and you'll be ok, no matter what the "rules" are.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:06 pm |
    • Dina

      @Roger .........Sounds like you really need Jeus in your life or ' empty soul" that you seem to have and you made your self out to be understood that way. Get over this crap about " " whatever this means for you. nobody gives a rats about your little gestures that trully stand fro nothing. It must be really hard living your life, having and empty soul and a cold bitter cracked heart. I can say your life is a dud and you need help, get some. do all of us a favor and find someone that understands you and your wacked thoughts.

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

      Dina totally convinced me with "get over this crap"; now if one only knew who "Jeus" is...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:51 pm |
  3. larry

    If I knew all of humanity would perish tomorrow if I didn't sacrifice my son, I'd do it in a minute. Does that mean I am God?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:05 pm |
  4. dajackg

    If there's nothing we can "do" to get into heaven, why should "asking for forgiveness" be any different? Isn't asking for forgiveness something you have to DO? Who's to say YOUR plea for forgiveness carries any more water than Mr. Evil-as-Hitler's tongue-in-cheek plea to "sky daddy"?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:03 pm |
  5. dajackg

    Good on him for admitting it, rather than let some slimeball hold it over his head. That's what I'd say to a man who WASN'T a televangelist, and it's what I say to a man who is.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  6. Lakerat

    I wonder if he called out Gods's name during his infidelity?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:00 pm |
  7. betsy potter

    The louder they talk, the creepier they are. I loved listening to Billy Graham because he lived his faith. Joyce Meyer seems ok, but the rest look and sound like hucksters. I wouldn't want to be them on judgment day. yikes. Living a lie is not a good example no matter how pretty the apology is.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  8. sheppard

    Well, I'm shocked – just shocked......................

    December 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  9. Dan

    I feel sorry for the wife, not about cheat, but that her bot-ox won't let her frown

    December 1, 2010 at 3:59 pm |
  10. 1969er

    As I've said time and time again, you can sometimes trust the righteous, but you can never trust the self-righteous. Turn off your TV!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  11. Sampada

    Christianity is made of bunch of idiots who don't know what is beyond. Why only the Christian countries are involved in suppressing others. Why the Christians were responsible for all the world wars, scams, recession, everything bad. Why they steal petrol from Gulf and create greenhouse effect?

    The only religion that teaches love is Hinduism. All Christians can never find peace in their life. Hinduism gives you peace in this life.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
    • Phil

      Explain how degrading others equates love in Hinduism, the religion of "peace".

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

    Glad to know he is a human.

    Lemark Sibala

    December 1, 2010 at 3:58 pm |
  13. Gail Noon

    This is one of the reasons I won't watch them. I used to watch Benny Hinn, and then one night caught him acting like one of these "faith healers".....and I thought "oh, not him now ! ! ! "

    I've not watchedhim since.......and I am a Christian.

    I would like SO MUCH to see what Jan Crouch looks like WITHOUT her wigs and all that heavy makeup she wears. It occurred to me a long time ago that she could be on the street without both and NO ONE would recognize her ! ! ! She actually has the perfect disguise – on TV.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:57 pm |
  14. muse

    If there is a God then he is a conceited malicious, sadistic, cruel and terrible being. The old testament is a good chronicle of "his/her behaviour" and the new one full of apocalyptic doom. Those who profess to be Christians, Jews. Muslims etc can't agree on a true deity, yet many blindly follow these "faiths" as the only and true one. Follow the only maxim that will make us all "good people".. 'Do unto others as you would like done unto you' ... and this world would be a more humane and charitable habitat.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:56 pm |
  15. Dave

    Nothing like some good old fashioned blackmail to squeeze some honesty out of Christians. But hey, that's between them and their God, if he exists. Hopefully he doesn't want money from them for their sins cause not only will they not have any once dead, but I'm sure they wouldn't give it to him anyway. After all they worked hard in his name for that cash!

    December 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  16. richgetz

    It isn't that mankind evolves by the process of people learning truths, rather it's by the death of those who hang on faulty thinking. The obvious emerges by itself, it is nature's way. Don't try and explain to a religious person that if he's right, 4/5th of the living world is wrong and 99% of all people EVER must be wrong too, just wait 'til they die. One-by-one, these poor people's children will come to see the light, weather it is understanding evolution, geology, physics, etc. or simpler yet, understanding the fear that motivates religious people. Religion is NOT NECESSARY to be a good, well intentioned person. I firmly believe that a religious person struggles much more than I do to live a proper life and be of service to other people, animals and nature in general.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:55 pm |
  17. andre

    wow if only tiger woods got this much sympathy. he didn't even take money from his patrons and fans and we crucified him. hmm wonder why?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  18. Phil

    Does anyone wonder if this man would have exposed his own transgressions in such a public manner if he were NOT facing extortion? How honestly genuine is this, really?

    December 1, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  19. jellymon

    Are we sure it was with a woman???? I know that's what the adulterer said but he has little credibility now doesn't he??

    December 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
  20. 'BamaGrandma

    A member of God, Inc. cheats on his spouse...there's a shock.

    December 1, 2010 at 3:53 pm |
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