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

soundoff (1,130 Responses)
  1. some emo kid

    My god can beat up your god, because my god has three heads.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:35 pm |
  2. Rich

    what a surprise

    December 1, 2010 at 4:33 pm |
  3. flycatcher

    Notice the smiling wife in the photo, of course she is forgiving, did you expect her to walk away from the golden goose, now she can continue to rip off millions of dollars from their religious scam from people stupid enough to believe by giving to these crooks it will some how benefit them and mankind. Your contributions would be far better spent by giving to your local food for the homeless. At least you will know it is not being spent of $3000 suits and gobs of makeup and fancy designer dresses and jewelry.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:31 pm |
  4. mahdee

    Ultimate dirtbag. Extortionists bring out the best in 'bags like this.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  5. OrangeChief

    As someone who grew up in the Southern Baptist denomination, I can tell you that a lot of stuff like this goes on in these so-called 'evangelical churches'. I dare say that 80% of them are hypocrites and liars. That's why I quit going. You have all of these preachers and televangelists who squawk about the secular world and governments trying to destroy Christianity. Ha! Little do they realize that they themselves are the reason so many people are walking away. The world will not destroy the church, the church will ultimately destroy itself.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  6. Cynthia

    Why is it that the wives of these televangelists always look like blow-up dolls? Shudder.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  7. rhinoqlit1

    I'd bone her.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:29 pm |
  8. MikinAZ

    I cant believe that with all we know and admit we dont know (except for the religious know it alls) there are still people who actually believe in what is, in reality, an invisible magic man in the sky... Good grief charlie brown...grow up people and take some responsibility for your thoughts and actions and deal with your humanity. I know its easier to relinquish all responsibility to some invisible super being – but thats just idiocy

    December 1, 2010 at 4:28 pm |
  9. The Obvious

    On religion: I don't know, and neither do you.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:24 pm |
  10. DD

    Well I don't watch evangelical tv. I'm a believer in Jesus and I do consider them my brothers and sisters. I'm not against people watching it, if their faith leads them to it, so be it. I just read my bible and let God talk to me directly and from what comes my way from the faith God provided for me. I prefer sometimes singing or listening to gospel or hymns or contemporary Christian music.
    If anything, I think the Christian laymen should be like your coach then someone you look up too. It should only be God who you look up to. These pastor, reverends, etc is here to be your coach, that's how it should be. If they speak that is directly from God you have to match it with the bible and what you sense if it is from God. Especially those one that have said they are Jesus in the flesh; in the bible it says their be a lot of false people that will say that. I do feel some believers or non-believers have problems of people worship or having a person as an idol. That is a wrong in the Christian sense.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
  11. merry christmas

    it is hypocritical – these guys go around preaching the 10 commandments and one of them is thou shall not covet thy neighbor's wife. dont preach it if you dont live it.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:21 pm |
  12. Free the Leaf

    surprised? no. care? no


    December 1, 2010 at 4:19 pm |
  13. ahhh

    These extortioners are they from eastern europe or Nigerians?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  14. Enitan

    One by one these hypocrites are been exposed for what they are. Let me guess he is probably one of the first ones to condemn other cheaters like him, such as Newt Gingirich the former House Speaker of the house of representative, i remembered his comments about Bill Clintons, it turns out he was doing the exact thing.

    Republicans are full of hypocrites, but they want to claim moral family values. What a croc..!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:17 pm |
  15. remarkable apathy

    funny, the other day I read posts where somehow folks debated a toddler falling to its death at basketball game...in its purest form...that was entertaining to read. Gods supreme animals at their best....Here, the jousts are just as sickening...God are or no God you folks have way to much time on your hands...

    December 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  16. Jake Buskirik

    I support the extortionists.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:16 pm |
  17. Ficheye

    Christians are a sickness. I hope that they pray long and hard, speaking of which..... oh, wait, wait..... at least praying will keep them quiet for a good long time.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • Dina

      Ficheye........... and you sir or ma'am are a disease. Christians believe in God and Love God, and believe when he rolls down on this evil earth you will be praying also long and hard........ oh wait perhaps that still cant shut you up, regardless,maybe an eternity in hell will do the trick..........good luck then.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:23 pm |
    • Bubba

      Oops, Dina just hoped someone would go to hell. No heaven for you! Love your fellow man or die like a dog, baby.

      December 1, 2010 at 4:36 pm |
    • asrael

      I just spoke with God, and She says that Dina's rants are enough to make even a deity blush...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:54 pm |
    • Jason

      @Ficheye Gee, what a pleasant person you must be. Grow up.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
    • JiggyMan

      Aren't all religions a mere Delusion and fabrication of man to control man, or a fabrication for money and power? – since we really don't KNOW anything and we ONLY feel it. Would be easy to see all religions as a mental illness and just like mental illness some are more severe than others... Just sayin

      December 2, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  18. Ezra

    Wow, a televangelist christian who lie and cheats on his wife – I am shocked.. who would ever have thought it? Of course, he is now reformed and repentant and needs more money to do god's work....

    December 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
  19. Jim Plumber

    Another guy who doesn't practice what he preaches. Wow, no kidding... Cult members, or followers of guys like this, need to become accountable for themselves, their actions and the hurt they cause others. Ooops, sorry, I'll just go and pray and everything will be OK is just plain BS. Religion is at the root of all wars, well maybe some are over oil. Those that hide behind it are those who blame the other guy for their misfortunes and will not take responsibility for themselves. To bad this guy couldn't just be forthright. It took a possible 7.5 million loss to make him fess up. Sounds like a guy who worships money to me. Not God.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:14 pm |
    • justann


      December 1, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  20. Dina

    WOW!! ....... All of you who are so against God, the price you will pay will be far greater then you can ever imagine. I pray that you find the truth and the light before its too late. May God Bless you and protect you , becuase you will need him. Its amazing how when their is a tradegy people run for cover and scream out loud for God to save them, but Lets ask a question, what about all the other times when your life is going according to you, why are you not Thanking God then and screaming for him ? give him all the honor and glory, beacuse he desrves it. Is it just more convenient for you to leave him out of you life, but call on him on when the tough gets tougher ? We are weak, lost and weary. I hope all of you who say that God is dead or does not exist , or what ever your reason maybe for denouncing him that you find him and ask for forgiveness, tears will be shed and every knee will bow. May God Bless you and open your eyes so that you may see his love and mercy.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:08 pm |
    • D-fresh

      Ahahah Dina thank you for proving my point. Your child like thought process is to try and threanen people with harm if they do not worship god. But thats what the bible says right ? What loving , caring and all understanding god would threaten its people to obey or fear the wrath ? Its a ploy to trick simpletons like yourself to obey everything the church says without question. Kind of like the inquisition, the salem which trials , the sale of indulgences, not eating meat on fridays (to fuel fishing economy in italy) , and pushing the first born son of every household into preist hood (to gain land rights back in the day ) The catholic church is the most corrupt organization in history and please dont even get me started on all the on the pedophile issues. Dina what if your beliefs are wrong? HIstroy seems to support your church is flawed...

      December 2, 2010 at 4:26 pm |
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