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. Matthew

    If a man commits adultery with another man's wife, both the man and the woman must be put to death. (Leviticus 20:10 NLT). So do you think the church is going to fallow through with it?

    December 1, 2010 at 11:30 pm |
  2. Rich

    Alrite...for one, yes I agree, some teleevans are out to get your money. That does not mean all of then are as such. Now about Colin's statement coz some of you just love what he said. Actually he's wrong. YES, you can ask forgiveness in the last minute before you die and you'll be forgiven. BUT if you already thought to yourself, that's just what I'll do then its all gone down hill already coz God knows your thought. See, God is no fool to think you can outsmart him. TRUE FORGIVENESS is available to ANYONE who is accepts Jesus and believes in Him. Those who try to fake it...or even try to outsmart "sky daddy" as Colin put it would be sorely mistaken.


    December 1, 2010 at 11:29 pm |
  3. Stosh

    "The Rev. Marcus Lamb"


    This will be news when one of these guys DOESN'T get caught with his pants down.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:18 pm |
  4. ThatScreenNameIsAlreadyTaken

    If that was my wife I'd cheat on her to.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:15 pm |
  5. Daniel

    Resign. Shut it down. Do the honorable thing. Do it now!

    December 1, 2010 at 11:07 pm |
  6. Ruspanic

    "I like your Christ. I do not like your Christians. They are so unlike your Christ."
    -Mohandas Gandhi

    December 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  7. VegasRage

    It'$ great to know that the holy $pirit $poke to Marcus Lamb'$ $pirit and $oftened hi$ heart, compelling him to confe$$ his $ins all on hi$ own. Don't you ju$t love it when someone find$ je$u$

    December 1, 2010 at 11:05 pm |
  8. Tom

    I guess I would care more or be able to comment better if I knew who these people are. Wonder if these insights, true or false, are part of their PR program.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:04 pm |
  9. KJ

    Ask yourself, would Rev. Lamb and his wife have ever admitted his indiscretion if they would have had a choice?

    Probably not. After all, why would they give up $7.5 mill to the extortionists? Its more likely greed that motivated the media confession than any kind of moral character.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:02 pm |
  10. Tom

    I guess I would care more or be able to better comment if I knew who these people are.

    December 1, 2010 at 11:00 pm |
  11. rusty bottorf


    December 1, 2010 at 10:57 pm |
  12. TBera

    And then they want us to vote for their moral laws. If they can't keep it in their pants with god on their side, what hope does anyone else have...

    I believe their actions show their is nothing exceptional about their faith.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:46 pm |
  13. ExSinger

    Actually, I don't think Colin ever suggested that all Hitler had to do was say, "Sorry, Sky Daddy" and be let into heaven. No, he'd have to do some serious REPEEEEEENTING, and accept JC into his heart as his Lord and "savior." Well, this has been my problem all along. I believe in the power of redemption, but there are some people who are beyond saving, aren't there?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:41 pm |
  14. Mark 1974

    Laugh now you hypocrite snakes. Marcus Lamb is forgiven and you're not. Marcus and the rest of us will laugh later...IN THE PRESENCE OF OUR GOD. There'll be only weeping and gnashing of teeth where you've decided to go.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:40 pm |
  15. Patcee

    When I was a child there were two things I was very afraid of, Santa Claus and God. I was told they could see me and knew what I was doing every minute. I was terrified to look at a window at night because I thought I'd see one of them looking in at me. It was a comfort to grow up and realize both are figments of someone's imagination.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:36 pm |
  16. Translation

    She doesn't care; the tax-free income is too good where she sits.

    December 1, 2010 at 10:26 pm |
  17. eno

    I am so disappointed in this preacher man. He was invited to speak at an evening service in my church. He was not looking like what he has said today

    December 1, 2010 at 10:20 pm |
  18. 4Christ'sSake :)

    Jesus loves each and everyone of us. Whether some choose to receive it or believe in it or not is not the job of Christian. Our lives speak for us. Religious debate is never ending. I'm sure we can all agree on that. For those who don't believe bashing Christians is unnecessary because you won't know if you're right or wrong until you breath your last. And for those who do missionary work over a controversial article like this certainly won't help. So as believers and nonbelievers why can't we just live in peace. Debating isn't adding a day onto our lives so why waste it. Be joyful. Live life. Be honorable in all that you do. If you're convicted by scripture listen. If you're not we [people] are not our own judges let whoever you believe in do their job. I'm sure they'd appreciate some peace and quiet...peace, love, and hairgrease

    December 1, 2010 at 10:16 pm |
  19. sparky45

    If you are going to wear a jacket then tuck in your shirt. Didn't your momma teach you anything?

    December 1, 2010 at 10:15 pm |
    • HotAirAce

      There's a very slim chance TheWife would forgive me for adultery. There's NO chance she'd forgive me for not tucking in my shirt.

      December 4, 2010 at 5:45 pm |
  20. stwebb

    Please donate! A fool and his money...

    December 1, 2010 at 10:14 pm |
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