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. Scott

    These are the words of the Lord when commissioning the
    disciples to follow him in preaching the kingdom "
    And as you go, preach, saying The Kingdom of God is at hand.
    Heal the sick, cleanse the lepers, raise the dead, cast out
    demons, FREELY you have received, FREELY give. Provide neither
    gold nor silver nor copper in your belts, nor bag for your
    journey, nor two tunics, nor sandals, nor staffs; for a worker
    is worthy of his food. " Matthew Chat 10 vs 7- 10 .

    December 1, 2010 at 6:11 pm |
  2. Honor480

    The idea of Christianity is to do your best to live without sin. It is impossible because everyone is a sinner. However the biggest backlash is when people see these preachers who do not even try to not live without sin. If you're going to preach about how to live as a Christian, then you have the responsibility to do your absolute best to not sin.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:05 pm |
  3. ngmcs8203

    Am I the only one who's surprised that it wasn't a man he cheated on his wife with?

    December 1, 2010 at 6:04 pm |
  4. Frank

    retarded. There is no god. this guy is going to the same place we all our, back to the earth. come on, lets face upto the reality instead of persisting in this sick delusion.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:03 pm |
  5. macguysea

    Surprised?.. no!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:01 pm |
  6. chacacan

    this don't surprise me at all. there is a pastor in puerto rico, that did the same thing... he even seat her on the altar with his wife.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:55 pm |
  7. CyndyP

    Surprise, Surprise – another one bites the dust! We don't need these TV preachers to get us closer to God.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:54 pm |
  8. TampaMike

    A televangelist cheated on his wife? Why am I not surprised? Politicians have better morals!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  9. Rick

    Ding ding ding, my GAYDAR just went off. I suspect he cheated on his wife.....with a MAN.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:52 pm |
  10. kazz


    December 1, 2010 at 5:48 pm |
  11. Rob

    I suppose it's Obama's fault. Amazing how these right wingers make excuses.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  12. Religious Sects

    Abraham was an adulterer, so why the big deal over this peon? It seems lately the religion industries "preachers" are using sin itself to garner attention & "prove" Gods forgiveness thereby bolstering their own religion company's product.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  13. Mat

    Making a mistake once and repenting once is Ok. Hope he doesnt repeat it again. The wife needs to be appreciated for staying with him despite his action.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:46 pm |
  14. Jeannot

    Doing it is human, saying it is moronesque.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  15. Steve

    TV evangelist has affair. I am shocked!! Shocked I tell you!

    December 1, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  16. hunterjumper

    I love Christians, they make me and my fellow atheists look so righteous. thank you

    December 1, 2010 at 5:42 pm |
    • Religious Sects

      Or at least Right!

      December 1, 2010 at 5:56 pm |
    • Marie

      Because atheists are perfect human beings who don't have affairs or get paid for their work. Riiiiight.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:36 pm |
  17. dave

    i have been a christian since 1990 and lived through some bad storms in life. all those preachers listed are false teachers in that they teach 'positive confession' or ' just say im a millionaire or i have a porsche and it will happen'. some taught that Jesus became sin for us on the cross like a devil when they took the Bible and twisted it around. they teach that you are a god. basically it is the new age religion with christian clothes. where as the apostles went cold and hungry and persecuted, these guys teach that if you are suffering it is because yo do not have faith. this philosophy is anti bible, anti Christ and it source can be traced back to the devil ' eat of this fruit and you will be just like god' they too teach the oldest trick in the book. joel osteen is a wimp who would not preach john 14:6 when asked on larry king if Jesus was the only way into heavn as He claimed. joel wouldnt affirm that but proved to be a wishy washy wanna be preacher. Jesus wanred of false teachers and this is why cults are on the rise because people do not regard the Bible. jim jones said he was god, if his followers read the bible they would have ran from him instead of giving their money and daughters to him.
    you can be religious but lost.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:39 pm |
  18. Michael

    This is why I dont support organized religion. Its idiots like this guy that are the biggest sinners of all! "Give me your money and I'll grant you salvation". Yeah right, that's exactly what JC would do if he was here.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:38 pm |
  19. Reality

    Once a day WARNING for new commentators:
    • The moderators of this blog have set up a secret forbidden word filter which unfortunately not only will delete or put your comment in the dreaded "waiting for moderation" category but also will do the same to words having fragments of these words. For example, "t-it" is in the set but the filter will also pick up words like Hitt-ite, t-itle, beati-tude, practi-tioner and const-tution. Then there words like "an-al" thereby flagging words like an-alysis and "c-um" flagging acc-umulate or doc-ument. And there is also "r-a-pe", “a-pe” and “gra-pe”, "s-ex", and "hom-ose-xual". You would think that the moderators would have corrected this by now considering the number of times this has been commented on but they have not. To be safe, I typically add hyphens in any word that said filter might judge "of-fensive".

    Sum Dude routinely updates the forbidden word/fragment list.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
  20. Aidan

    Religion is a for profit business. It should be taxed as such. We can get rid of budget deficit, instead of cutting Medicare.

    December 1, 2010 at 5:30 pm |
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