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. Fr33d0mhawk

    Yet another example of the fine "Family Values" shown by the Christian Right. Ted Haggard, Mark Sanford, and every televangelist are teh very definition of hypocrisy, worse than even the pharisees. The fact that an entire political party worships the likes of Haggard, and for that matter, Koresh, shows us that the real emeny of the US is within, and they are carrying an AK-47 and a cross, and a sign saying "Where's your Birth Certificate?"

    December 2, 2010 at 7:10 am |
  2. Wut Duh Heck

    Santa NEVER cheated on Mrs. Claus, put that in your religious pipe and smoke it, bible thumpers.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:06 am |
  3. Melanie A

    Who can actually be surprised at this? These people make others believe in a centuries old NOVEL, make them beileve that there actually is some huge god out there, make you send them your money so they can make you believe more, and you don't think these con artists can fool their wives also?

    December 2, 2010 at 7:04 am |
  4. Wut Duh Heck

    If you confess your sins then all is forgiven, right? What's the big deal? He can cheat all he wants as long as he genuinely says he's sorry. Oh wait, wait a minute, the reason he confessed his sins is because he didn't want to pay the 7.5 million dollars hush money. Let's see, he'd rather tell his wife that he's been banging other women than pay all that money. Okay, I get it now, he probably knew his wife would forgive him as long as they get to keep all that good money. She wants that money too, you know. It's all clear to me now.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:03 am |
  5. Terry Washington State

    Nothing about this or any other story of the same ilk surprises me. These people are held to a higher standard, which they traditionally should have been. However, the money wagon is what matters to them. Nothing would have been said were it not for the fact that the money train might be held ransom. These people are not, nor ever have been any higher or wiser than ourselves at achieving our spirituality.

    December 2, 2010 at 7:00 am |
  6. WADE

    I believe in God and would like to share a different twist on this entire matter. I have read good comments from athiests, scientists and believers alike and there has been some good discussions that ask some good questions. As a christian, I really don't feel that it is necessary for christians to argue religion with someone who considers themselves an athiest... Although I don't share their belief or lack of, I respect their right to have their view. It is not my job to "persuade" them to change their beliefs nor will I waver from mine. They should respect me for my decision to believe in what I so choose. We all commit sin, I do. It is not our job to judge the televangelist on his character and his worthiness as a person. We individually decide whether we should heed what he has to say or not... if not, turn off the TV. As for the scientific community that discussed the origin of life and whether God created it or not... I think we are encouraged by God to scientifically prove or disprove the work of God... many scientific breakthroughs were brought about by accident anyway so we benefit from them. I know for a fact that there is a God, so I say to the scientists, have at it! God has given us the incredible gift of choice, and yes, sometimes other people's choices affected me negatively but that is the nature of life. I have had many struggles in life and cursed and screamed at God but looking back at what I went thru and how I am now, I have been blessed because I have always fared better afterwards. A little secret someone told me once... God's blessings is not us living comfortable, cushioned lives without care but what we do and the decisions we make with what life we have.... then we are blessed. I was also told to follow the commandments, be good to your fellow being and treat others the way you wished to be treated and you will find reward in that... be a little s*t head and it will come back to bite you... and you are truly damned because you will continue to repeat the same behavior because you chose wrong.... now whether you believe that or not, its up to you..... and you know who told me this? lol I can hear the snickering already...Thats right....God did.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:59 am |
  7. Nicole

    Maybe to save time and server space, news organizations could start doing stories on preachers who DONT cheat on their spouses. THAT might actually be news...

    December 2, 2010 at 6:57 am |
  8. Lucifer

    Silly Christians.....

    December 2, 2010 at 6:52 am |
  9. adam

    Christians have never claimed to live perfect lives; they do, however, like to tell everyone else how to live theirs!

    December 2, 2010 at 6:45 am |
  10. Wraith

    Obviously the lesson here is, if you break one of God's top 10 it's okay as long as you proclaim it to the masses. Apparently there was a bit of unwritten wiggle room [sic] when The Almighty passed that one down to Moses.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:38 am |
  11. Beware_of_God

    Come on now, is that guy look gay or what?

    December 2, 2010 at 6:30 am |
  12. RRRRR

    Nelson Muntz: HA HAAA!

    December 2, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  13. Beware_of_God

    I wonder if he felt full of the spirit of the lord when he was whipping it out and offering that "communion" to his concubine behind his wife's back? Did he scream out "praise Jesus" at the moment of climax? Is love making better for those who are saved? These are questions I need answers to before I agree to be baptized or donate money to the church.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:27 am |
  14. Beware_of_God

    Everyone of these TV ministers are all con men and women simply playing the biggest con of all on the millions and millions of suckers who have to believe in some imaginary afterlife in order to give meaning to their lives. The simple fact that we are all apart of an eternal universe is not enough for their simple minded egos.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:18 am |
  15. frankie

    televangelist are also humans with human desires and cravings so don't be shocked when they fall once in a while.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:17 am |
  16. Jara

    Crusifie them both... tack 'em to a pole... let GOD sort it out...

    December 2, 2010 at 6:03 am |
  17. samoyed5

    This is a confession of cheating on his wife, plain and simple. The blackmail was the only issue here, get off your soapboxes. Whether you believe in Jesus or not does not enter this equation.

    December 2, 2010 at 6:01 am |
  18. Jara

    Feed them both to the Lions... let the CATS sort it out!

    December 2, 2010 at 5:59 am |
  19. Name*Chedar

    So any different here if the affair here is with a woman or a man with a man. The affair has been committed. However, this ministry will continueband the gullible Christian will continue to support this MAN.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:59 am |
  20. Jill

    God Bless the lambs.

    December 2, 2010 at 4:53 am |
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