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. larryman

    Televangelists are crooks that use the lords good book to rob good people out of millions especialy the elderly.They contribute very little to the poor. And people continue to give their hard earned cash to these crooks. They are con-actors and all have a dark side. It should be illegal for them to post contributions at the bottom of the television.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  2. HeIsGod

    Praise God that they didn't allow those people get their $$ and the best of them. Especially come between their marriage. God is the Author Marriage. It's good that they took the time to put this out on the open and they are both holding on to their marriage to give hope to those, believers or non believers, who are going through the same thing and to show them that we are all human beings that are not without sin.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:25 pm |
  3. Burnie

    people have always made money on the back of Jesus Crist. They always loose more than they gain in the end.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
  4. Dash Riprock

    His honesty deserves a reward. Let's ALL send him $5 right now!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:21 pm |
    • scribble

      I honestly could use the money. Please send it to me instead. I promise I will bless you by mailing you an actual verified replica of a piece of wood from Jesus' cross.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:30 pm |
  5. jimzcarz

    I split from the Church in my adolescence,I saw the hypocrisy then and it's still running rampant today.

    I do have Faith in God.
    But I have no Faith in Organized Religion.
    Peace to you all this Holiday

    December 1, 2010 at 8:13 pm |
  6. Toni

    Who I repeat who would want to sleep with Markus Lamb that is just plain nasty...

    December 1, 2010 at 8:10 pm |
  7. Lark

    I'd like it if both of those people could die painful deaths.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:09 pm |
  8. Mark

    I don't believe in gravity. Unfortunately, that doesn't make me any less subject to it.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:07 pm |
  9. goodness gracious

    Oh come all ye faithful means with your own wives, preach!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:04 pm |
  10. Geeman

    Religion = Evil

    December 1, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  11. Peace2All


    Hi Phil...

    You Said: "God did not make man sin but he allowed for it to happen. He gave us a free-will to be able to choose to sin or to love Him. Evil does not come from God but rather from our choices. God is all-knowing."

    And this is where I really don't understand Christian logic or reasoning here, at all. Maybe you, or any other believers can help me out...?

    IF...God is 'all-knowing,' and... at the same time 'allows' us choice, or, in other words, "He gave us 'free-will,' then, that would mean or be = to God, 'already' knowing from the beginning who is going to believe/accept Him/Jesus, etc... in advance, as He is all-knowing and 'created' everyone and everything...because He, well... is God. THEN, how *specifically* does that not make God, at the very least, indifferent, to at the most an evil sadistic God, as he already created the game, and everyone in it, set it in motion, while knowing full-well who is going to do what at any time, and their will be the one's who – will end up burning in 'eternal torment' and 'hell'.... forever, and the one's that He created, and knows already who is going to Heaven...? I just don't get this Christian rationale...at all...!

    I understand, possibly at our human level of perception, it 'may' seem like free-will. But, if God already knows– and we are his creations, seems kinda' 'f-u-c-ked for the ones that were created that way, (going to hell) and he already knows, and does nothing about it...yes...?

    I mean, how does a 'believer' rationalize that...? And, secondly, how is that in any way, shape or form...o.k...? In other words, how do you get somehow an all-loving God out of this, who will *allow* us to burn forever, when he could do something to stop it...?

    And, certainly, shouldn't that kind of 'concept' or opinion you 'believers' have of God be open to discussion and debate about this...?

    As an 'agnostic,' I am sincerely curious...


    December 1, 2010 at 7:55 pm |
    • Bobolink

      Thank you for your wonderful essay.

      December 1, 2010 at 9:29 pm |
  12. GrumpyBearDC

    I am sure he cheated with a man.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:54 pm |
  13. paul

    His wife is hot.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:51 pm |
    • Migzilla

      Amen to that. lol. She probably thinks otherwise now. How sad.

      December 1, 2010 at 8:11 pm |
  14. lance corporal

    nothing is a more sure sign of corruption and dishonesty than when someone uses "god" to enrich themselves, it is a shame that sheep can vote as it is amazing how the corporate radical right and the christian industrial complex fool sooooooo many of us

    December 1, 2010 at 7:44 pm |
  15. poleshift

    Alright dude I've been married 25yrs and still very much in love with my wife and would never cheat STEP DOWN DUDE !! let someone else take over You'll only be remembered by this now, your off the gravy train NEXT!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  16. schamber

    When will this religous nonsense stop? Haven't we outgrown the need to believe in imaginary things? As a "devout" atheist, I can only assume that, given the omnipotent power of god (or zeus), that he was directed by a higher power to cheat on his wife.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:41 pm |
  17. Brownstain

    I am gross and perverted
    I’m obsessed ‘n deranged
    I have existed for years
    But very little has changed
    I’m the tool of the Government
    And industry too
    For I am destined to rule
    And regulate you

    I may be vile and pernicious
    But you can’t look away
    I make you think I’m delicious
    With the stuff that I say
    I’m the best you can get
    Have you guessed me yet?
    I’m the slime oozin’ out
    From your TV set

    December 1, 2010 at 7:39 pm |
  18. Coach Lew

    Just another in a long line of TV Preachers that have the charisma to rip their followers off as well as rip clothes off the females in their so called church. Poor Lamb and his forgiving wife Joni, Ah Huh!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 7:37 pm |
  19. freud dudu

    It's impossible to prove that something didn't happen. It is your burden to prove something DID happen.You have the logical sense of a five year old.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
  20. Confused

    "it is easier for a camel to go through the eye of a needle than it is for a rich man to go to heaven"

    What is it about these rich "pastors" and their prosperity gospel? It seems to me they are preaching a feel good message so they can line their pockets by [ab]using the gospel. Not that a rich person can't be a Christian, but if you are using the gospel to only be rich..."at least Christ is preached" – that is their only value and one would have to question which Christ they are preaching.

    Fellow Christians, may God have mercy on us all, but may we also dispel the false teachers among us.

    December 1, 2010 at 7:28 pm |
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