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. hendeeze

    well at least he didnt touch any choir boys, in light of this. Its ok

    PS. I can also host a religious show asking for donations. I'll even cater it to whomever god you speak of

    December 1, 2010 at 7:27 pm |
  2. Scott

    It’s difficult to believe in Christianity when certain people are not struck by lightening

    December 1, 2010 at 7:26 pm |
  3. beh

    Another mark of shame for Christianity. He is complementing the other half of Christianity held by the Catholic child molesters.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:25 pm |
  4. dottie peterson

    What ever happened to the saying: " WE PRATICE WHAT WE PREACH"
    I hope everyone keeps their money in their pocket and give to the poor standing on the streets with no home or money.
    I would give mine to the homeless shelter where i know people are being cared for.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:23 pm |
  5. Bobolink

    Oh, who gives a rats #ss!

    December 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm |

    If everyone kept their religious thoughts private, we would not have to deal with Non news stories like this

    December 1, 2010 at 7:20 pm |
  7. viltor

    I don't believe one word of this. It is just another ploy to raise money. Unfortunately so many people or so so stupid that they buy this crap.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:59 pm |
  8. M.K.

    I recently heard a Republican on the tube make the comment that he had the love of Jesus in his heart. He must be one weird put together cat because the heart is simply a muscle that works like a water pump, and supplies blood to the parts of the body that need it. he obviously has no brain, so he must be an alien from another galaxy. Oh well, I guess since he is a Republican he can get away with making dumb statements with the nut cases of the religious right backing him regardless of what he says or does. Jim Bakker,Tammy Faye, Jimmy Swaggart, and countless other so- called preachers that have been caught with their pants or panties down proves that point. Screw the churches, make them pay taxes like the working class

    December 1, 2010 at 6:55 pm |
    • Marie

      Wow, if you can't tell the difference between a colloquial expression and scientific language, then I feel very, very sorry for you. You must think that all people who use idiomatic phrases are right wing nut jobs with no brains.

      December 3, 2010 at 11:41 pm |
  9. Myro T. Clemas

    Old news. Which one of the tele-philanderer is clean. There call a bunch of crooks! He cheats on there wife and pray to be forgiven. What a slime ball. Then he takes YOUR money like nothing happened. No shame> Total charlatan!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:48 pm |
  10. freetime1

    People will keep giving him cash, because they are on the god drug and he is their supply. They are all so dumb!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  11. jefffbo

    His wife was probably watching.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:40 pm |
  12. Bob

    He's hot. I'd do him.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:38 pm |
  13. Moose

    I represent a group called "Martyrs No More!" and we invite Joni Lamb to join us as our guest. Martyrs No More! is devoted to restoring the dignity of the cheated-on spouses of public figures. We invite them for a night out with convivial people who will throw foam rubber bricks at a television set that is showing their cheating spouse's public confession. We think it is undignified for a spouse to have to appear next to the cheater while he/she confesses. Although the TV confession has already taken place in this case, we invite Ms. Lamb to join us anyway, and we will find a way to replay the TV event. Come on Ms. Lamb, stand up for yourself!

    December 1, 2010 at 6:30 pm |
  14. pamy

    these right wing evangelists are nothing but a bunch of money seeking hypocrits. making money off of God, karma

    December 1, 2010 at 6:24 pm |
  15. OH YEA

    ITS ok ARKMAN you just dont want to know. Doesnt the bible command you to seek the truth, then why not give it a real shot...you are only posturing. the journey is painful so I can understand why you dont really want to try it.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  16. Randy Evans

    I find it interesting that he comes forward only after an extortion attempt. I wonder if it were not for the 7.5 million if he would have come clean? Just curious he may have I do not know the man so cant say. Any more I just ignore most People who ask for money for a particular religion and give as I see fit to whom I see fit.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  17. Matt

    That's what she gets for not making him a sammich

    December 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  18. pw

    I have more family values than these christian hackjobs. Giving your money to these people is just embellishing their lifestyle.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  19. BREZIE

    if i was your wife right their i would slap your face on national tv and leave your sorry rear end shame on you

    December 1, 2010 at 6:22 pm |
  20. Curious

    The bigger shock and news would be finding an evanglical minister who hasn't cheated on his or her spouse.

    December 1, 2010 at 6:16 pm |
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