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. The dude in NC

    Hehe, I remember the good ol' days back in the 80's with Jim and Tammy Faye. Whats that french saying...the more things change, the more they stay the same...

    December 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
  2. A Lopez

    His wife looks so happy, she may be cheating too, God Bless them!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:57 pm |
    • JT

      Of course she looks happy. She must play along to keep the cash cow going. The deluded retards who continue to pay into their scam must continue to buy in. Hell, even Ted Haggard's wife stayed with him and even wrote a book. They know no other way to live. They are all complete fakes. Christians never cease to amaze me.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:33 pm |
  3. BostonBlackie

    Anyone even commenting on this waste of life is dumber than a bag of hammers. Lamb is a creep who takes advantage of emotional cripples! end of story!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  4. Rachel

    I can't stand to see cheated-on wives standing by these creeps during press conferences or on talk shows. Don't defend them!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:56 pm |
  5. the lord works in mysterious ways

    I like smoked fish and Yuengling. Does anyone have a toothpick?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  6. Veritas

    A televangelist cheated on his wife, and this is news how? In other news reports are coming in that the Pope is indeed Catholic.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:53 pm |
  7. matt

    HUGE surprise....a christian cheated on his wife? since when has that happened?

    December 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  8. Bill Jones

    Religion is for morons and those just too stupid to understand science (or even common sense).

    December 1, 2010 at 4:52 pm |
  9. MikeT

    Let's start here:

    "And again I say unto you, It is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle, than for a rich man to enter into the kingdom of God." – Matthew 19:24

    Televangeists teach abundance and wealth to their congregation so that they can justify their disproportionate wealth vis a v their flocks who pray to have the type of money that their pastors have. However its a vicious cycle when you pray for wealth but give your money to the wealthy preachers every Sunday. They explain away this passage as irrelevant even though it is the word of your God. Let's also review the following passage.

    "But he that knew not, and did commit things worthy of stripes, shall be beaten with few [stripes]. For unto whomsoever much is given, of him shall be much required: and to whom men have committed much, of him they will ask the more." – Luke 12:48.

    I'm an agnostic and refute the bible. However, if you are going to bother to engage in your religion at least head the understand what it is you are in for. You can't cherry pick the good and ignore the inconvenience facets of your religion.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  10. the lord works in mysterious ways

    she appears happy that he found a way to keep the money. I think she may actually be ready to ask him for the credit card to go shopping with Oprah in France.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:51 pm |
  11. Mike from MN

    What is "God"?

    Unless you can logically define 'it' then how can you claim 'it' exists? And since you can't logically define it, then how can I prove to you that 'it' does not exist?

    So it's up to the 'believers' to prove 'God' exists – whatever 'it' may be.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:49 pm |
  12. Jason

    What's ironic – the Bible talks about hypocrits like this all day long.
    The sheep continue to follow.
    Maybe it's the way he colors his beard....
    Maybe it's just me...

    Find a TRUE message.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:47 pm |
  13. AZAtheist

    Not surprising. Some of the most amoral people I've had the displeasure to come across call themselves Christian. They do whatever they want to whomever they want (all in the name of god, of course), then they "confess" and say god has forgiven them. Bunch of hypocrites, the lot of them.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  14. Amen!

    And if there wasn’t extortion involved, this renowned leader of the flock wouldn’t breathe a word of his affair. In this case, it was cheaper to admit what he had done before he gave a dime to the extortionists. Please don’t confuse this person as a religious hero. In my book, I put him right there with Ted Haggard, Eddie Long, and the rest of the hypocritical circus. Religion is dying so please allow it to go out gracefully within the next 25-50 years only until a new form of magic/religion recycles itself from history. Amen.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  15. MikeAndIke

    of course they make a story of a televangelist cheating on his wife and not every other of the thousands of Americans cheating on their husbands or wives

    December 1, 2010 at 4:43 pm |
  16. Pat

    Who the hell is this guy and why do I care? It seems to me that this is a matter between the man and his wife and they should be dealing with it and leaving the rest of us out of it.....oh yeah, ..... This man presumes to speak for God.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  17. the lord works in mysterious ways

    and other bulls*#t stories made to rationalize falsehoods can be found in a book called the Bible.

    December 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  18. J100409

    I was going to ask why a televangelist admitting an affair is news, but I guess it's news when a televangelist admits an affair with a woman, and apparently one receiving neither money nor drugs for her trouble...

    December 1, 2010 at 4:41 pm |
  19. John

    So he only came out when threated with extortion? Send your money for his defense now!

    December 1, 2010 at 4:39 pm |
  20. seanm

    not sure why a story like this bring out the religion vs atheist everytime. Lets be honest man is flawed and thats the end of the discussion. People need to realize the books of faith are interpritation but that doesnt mean the words were not said. Its the context of when they were said and by whom that is the thological debate. The long stated well prove it argument is getting old. Can the bibel quran ect prove existence ...NOcan science say with 100% proof that same question...NO.
    Faith is called faith for a reason someone saying I have faith in my god is just a valid as an atheist saying i have faith in science. We need to stop these jabs at eachother and instead realize science and religion when used correctly could help us understand how we got here and why were are here.

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

      exactly im sick of all these news shows making stories against christans although thousands of people cheat every day

      December 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
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