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. Ron H.

    Not to worry. CNN will hire him as an on-air expert on religion and like Spitzer will pair him up with an attractive, knowledgeable (but once spurned) female for counterpoint.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:27 pm |
  2. Jon V.

    "Just give me that good time Religion! An older than sin, snake oil saleman's trick to extort more money from their so-called flock! Now they feel will my sorrow, see the cash basket fill up! Swagert, Bakker, Roberts... they are all guilty of the worst morality crime, feeding on the poor to get rich! "The meek will inherit the Earth!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:26 pm |
  3. Kuka

    Religion and god is for the weak

    December 1, 2010 at 9:17 pm |
  4. Carnivore

    Wow. So he told his wife to avoid paying 7.5 million? Since when does a man of god horde so much cash? I never knew any priests/rabbis/yogis/buddahs that had such bank accounts. These people are the reason that poor people are starving. Selling false hope and faith to those who can barely afford to eat and live, yet i bet he wipes his ass with $100 bills. Plus his ride and his house arent exactly shabby, either. Hypocrite. But hey everyone send me a dollar and I'll make sure you get to heaven! Promise!

    December 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  5. Kate

    More upsetting to me than the adultery is the fact that this "man of God" had $7.5 million to be extorted from him in the first place. But by all means, keep sending these charlatans your social security checks.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:12 pm |
  6. guest2

    Heres the deal, a little girls body was just found dismembered and she was probably killed by her parent, 3 little boys are missing and probably dead, again at the hands of their father. As a devout Christian I do not care one bit at all about this man nor what the people giving him money think about him. What I do care about is that the world is falling apart around us, how about giving that televangelists money to an organization fighting c-x crimes or give to a shelter allowing abused people to escape. Start a small bible study at your home, invite people over, use some materials approved by a reputable source. You will get far more out of it.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:09 pm |
    • Marie

      This is by far the most reasonable comment I have read from this forum. ^-^

      December 3, 2010 at 11:46 pm |
  7. Liz1388

    You will never get immature humans to give up their religion blankies.

    Hell, they don't even see how they violate their First Commandment by worshiping Bibles and religious shills like this couple.

    December 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
  8. 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 8:48 pm |
  9. Spidey-Man

    In fact... The ONLY reason he admitted it is because he didn't want to pay the blackmail money. How christian is that?

    December 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  10. IO4IT

    KEN – "Colin – since you don't believe in any of this, there really is no such thing good and evil. Hitler was simply a man maximizing his potential and taking advantage of opportunities presented – if you're bold enough to take your thinking to it's logical conclusion." I LOVE this! I know you meant it as a slam on Colin but truly I've often wondered about this. If there is no God, then there is no judge other than ourselves and our societies. Nobody is the bad guy in their own head and so I think that yes, Hitler could very easily justify his actions to himself (and even, as we saw, to large segments of his society). The idea of God and judgement, until proven otherwise, would seem to be inventions of men – so then would be good and evil. So why do people always say aetheist can't be moral people? #1 – everybody's morals are relative to themselves only, unless they act overtly outside of their societies norms. #2 – without a god, you are your own judge so you can set your own moral values (in so much as you can get away with it within the confines of your societies norms) and nobody else can say boo about it.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:45 pm |
  11. Spidey-Man

    Is anyone out here really surprised.?
    I don't know this clown because I quite frankly don't believe. And don't waste my time watching these hypocrites.
    And living as an atheist I can honestly say I have never cheated on my Wife while we were married.
    Not married now. But never did no matter what opportunities came up. And they sure as hell came up a lot.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:44 pm |
  12. NP

    And here I thought God looked out for His people. Sure He gave them free will, but surely He'd want His followers to follow His rules? LOL. So many Christians are such hypocrites it's pathetic. Years ago I want to a megachurch here in Minneapolis. The pastor always preached "I do not spend any time alone with a woman unless there's another person present". A couple years later he admitted to adulterous relations with some woman. He preached righteousness but was a hypocrite. How many religious people abuse children and claim to be servants of God? The whole religious thing has to end. There are too many inconsistencies, abuse of power, and what-not in the name of the lord. I use lowercase because the christian lord doesn't exist.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  13. Spidey-Man

    Is anyone out here really surprised.
    I don't know this clown because I quit frankly don't believe. And don't waste my time watching these hypocrites.
    And living as an atheist I can honestly say I have never cheated on my Wife while we were married.
    Not married now. But never did no matter what opportunities came up. And they sure as hell came up a lot.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:43 pm |
  14. james

    I see we have the skeptics and Bible quoters who show verses taken out of context, The unbeliever in Jesus, which many of you are, are confounded by His disciples proclamations. You call the preacher a phony. Well, he may be. How about you? Think if you're unbeliever you are innocent of your sins? Oh no you're not. Think that this world is better off without Chrsitians? If you do, you are bigger fool that an atheist. A skeptic is a coward. Jesus has done His job...He said..."" It is finished". ....Now, you go ahead, Gentile or Jew and stay the way you are until your last moment or witness a loved ones. You stand there and bow your head or curse the air.....You're going to do one or the other..mark my words...You better hope the perverters of Jesus's Words did't keep yopu from HIm......It is obvious that He is the Way,Truth and Light .......Look at all the gods of man...Darwiin, Gould, Dawkins....etc,...those are the gods that many of you BELIEVED and believe and quoted as though they themselves KNEW the truth.....They have been made fools by their wisdom and not seeking Jesus as the obvious answer to Creation and salvation....You don't eteranl life?? Then go ahead.and bite at the feet of Christ and His believers...He gave you a choice, if of sound mind, to be with Him...OR NOT.......GO ahead...Choose...Life forever without aging and sickness .and a war free world to come......Or the other choice so you won't have to be with Him....His blood saved you if you understand His offer of forgiveness. The ransom is paid IN FULL....Believe it or NOT! IYou decide.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:42 pm |
    • asrael

      Many thanks for the compelling rant...

      December 1, 2010 at 10:08 pm |
  15. Swaggart

    Your kidding??? Another phony, blood sucking, holy roller and his stupid greedy wife???

    December 1, 2010 at 8:41 pm |
  16. Simmy

    I was so sad when I heard about this, but when I look at them I see a brother and sister. You judgers out there – BEWARE big time because the stones you are throwing are definitely aimed directly at your own house.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:38 pm |
  17. W00K

    this wreaks of preemptive collateral damage.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:35 pm |
  18. IO4IT

    And another good reason not to like Texas. Cheating on your wife and praying to a supernatural Santa Claus-esque god do seem to go hand in hand. Friggin' religion! Grow up folks. There's no "loving father" in the sky who cares about you and watches out for you. Look into the cold vastness of space, feel your insignificance and kick away the crutches and join the adults!

    December 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  19. EmeraldCity

    So glad that I don't believe in fairy tales.

    December 1, 2010 at 8:28 pm |
  20. Marc

    Isn't being immoral and unethical a job requirement for televangelists? It's just a matter of time before they all turn into complete hypocrites, resulting from their perceived power. Reminds me of a few governments I know....

    December 1, 2010 at 8:26 pm |
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