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. reallydon'tcare

    The shock, shocking, shockingly comments are sooooo funny. Thanks for the laugh. Don't be so serious people, we will all find out when we die. Personally, I believe in God and His son Jesus....that is all.

    December 7, 2010 at 1:30 pm |
  2. adrian1812

    I will pray for all of you non-believers. I pray that God shows you the truth before your time ends and you wil have to answer to God.

    December 7, 2010 at 12:43 pm |
    • Veritas


      December 8, 2010 at 8:39 am |
  3. Andrea

    And the lady sits there beside him smiling away as if to say, why isn't he wonderful! Nothing changes just the people who do them.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:55 am |
  4. Alex

    Oh! I am getting disenchanted by these televangelist crooks. These days I do NOT open my walet for these wolves in sheep's clothings. But I will still be steadfast in my faith and pray that God finds geniune souls to spread the Good News.

    December 7, 2010 at 10:37 am |
  5. DJ

    I am by no means an oil painting - but if this guy can get a wife AND a mistress, there must be hope for men everywhere!

    December 7, 2010 at 7:42 am |
  6. ProperVillain

    The goatee is a dead giveaway. It was obviously his evil counter part from the mirror universe that did it!

    December 6, 2010 at 7:56 pm |
  7. khb

    I beg your indulgence, this is my first time responding to one of these things, so please bear with me.....

    You know, the terrible thing about all of this is we place people on a mountain and expect them to be better than us. I think sin is wrong...even when I do it. Most "Popular" church leaders where made popular by God or by man who made them popular. It may seem like they are famous, But they are just like us. And while GOD will hold those who he calls to minister His Gospel to a higher accountability, we still must grasp the fact that people fall. including us...THAT IS STILL NO EXCUSE, JUST A TRUTH. To this end, it doesn't take away the truth that God is still GOD and Jesus still died for our sins, and no matter what anyone else do, we are still responsible for our OWN salvation! If you believe, you are a christian...PERIOD. We must understand that people will go to hell.... OK, I get it. But you and I don't have to. We can not use someone else's bad judgement as an excuse to accommodate our own. Many people look at other's sins and say. see, that's why I don't want to be a christian....well. if you never found out about anyone's indiscretions, most would still find a reason NOT to be a christian because simply put, people like to sin. It takes a real person of integrity to acknowledge that they have fallen short and decide to make a change. In closing, our final destination is NOT based on what someone else has done, who they slept with, what they stole, who they lied to, or any other act of selfishness. (I'm not saying we have to receive from them or be their best friend). OUR FINAL DESTINATION IS BASED ON A CLEAR DECISION MADE TO HAVE A PERSONAL... AND I STRESS PERSONAL RELATIONSHIP WITH JESUS CHRSIT AS LORD. Basically, no matter what people do, it still doesn't make the word of God of non effect!!!!!!!! Let God be true and every man a liar!!!!

    December 6, 2010 at 6:44 pm |
  8. HenryO

    I'll bet 90 percent of the people on here that are so shocked have cheated on their spouses or have done or are currently doing much worse. Hypocrites.

    December 6, 2010 at 6:37 pm |
  9. Give peace a chance

    x2 It is funny to watch all of the apologists of religion scramble to find some passage from the bible so that they can point to it and say "NANNY NANNY BOO BOO see it says right here so it must be true, I'm right your wrong" So much wrong is done by religion. People REALLY BELIEVE and that to me is the scariest thing on earth. That is why they fly planes into buildings and massacre thousands of people. Even in today's modern world do many cling to the ancient medieval story of Jesus. Yeah he existed, but he was not born of God, nor did he have any super powers. People in the Sudan are killing each other RIGHT NOW as we type in the name of JESUS> Those in the Sudan are split into 2 religious camps (Muslims, and Christians) and they kill each other over who has the real god. It is sad that religion still spoils the minds of people. There is no Allah, or Jesus. Haven't enough people died over this already. Grow up people. Can't we just be good humanitarian. Unfortunately most of the religious people only do good and help people because the believe selfishly that it will get them to heaven. Would they do these good deeds if they were not afraid of God striking them down? Doesn't the fact that there are over 2000 different versions of Christianity click on a light bulb in peoples heads. When the world evolves and things become dis proven the Christians just make up a new version of their bible to fit the times. ENOUGH PEOPLE. It is very frustrating for Atheists to just sit back and watch these fun-dies destroy the lives of others over their mystic beliefs. We know from modern psychology that humans are prone to belief in "something" greater than themselves. The world is too awesome and fascinating to have been made by a man. It is egotistical for humans to think that someone like themselves could create such an intricate ever evolving ecosphere. It does not bother me that people have beliefs in supernatural things as long as they don't persecute others like the Christians and Muslims do. The Hindu religions and the Buddists are peaceful and have enlightened beliefs. Do I believe in them? NO, Do I have a say in what they believe? NO, but when people continue to kill each other like they are doing right now in the name of Jesus, it makes me sick. Millions, upon Millions have been murder because of Jesus, can't you all just find a new religion, HEY what about Scientology. Christians should be able to take to that storry pretty easy since they have much in commom, and Scientologists dont kill people wholesale . . . . . not yet anyway.

    December 6, 2010 at 4:48 pm |
  10. Doug

    Just the EVIL controlling the STUPID.

    And this couple has ONE OF EACH.

    December 6, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  11. Christ Follower

    But now God has shown us a different way to heaven – not by "being good enough" and trying to keep His laws, but by a new way. Now God says He will accept and acquit us-declare us "not guilty"-if we trust Jesus Christ to take away our sins. And we all can be saved in this same way, by coming to Christ, not matter who we are or what we have been like. Yes, all have sinned; all fall short of God's glorious ideal; yet now God declares us "not guilty" of offending Him if we trust in Jesus Christ, who in His kindness freely takes away our sins...Romans 3:21-24 NLB

    December 6, 2010 at 1:01 pm |
  12. G.P.

    probably no one will ever read down this far but if you made it congratulations – i hope it's worth your time. no one that calls themselves a Christian is perfect – only Jesus was and you'll get a lot of arguments from non-believers over that. But the Church needs to clear up its act – God calls us to be pure and holy. When representatives on international television are caught in sin and error they really hurt the cause of Christ – we need to pray for them and for their restoration or that they leave the ministry if they are not sincere. I don't like all the popular culture that has found its was onto Christian TV and believe that faith-based tv should be spiritual and not worldly.

    December 6, 2010 at 11:00 am |
  13. Auggie

    People; why so judgemental? Anyone who is a true christian will accept that the preacher is human and allow him this transgression. He's come forward about it and is not trying to hide it. he just wants to prevent others from trying to extort money from him over this. I don't blame him at all. Since I am not a christian I could be off on this topic but aren't you all supposed to turn the other cheek and forgive and forget etc etc...

    December 6, 2010 at 8:30 am |
  14. Auggie

    He's human not a god. He made a mistake in his personal life. Lets move on.

    December 6, 2010 at 8:27 am |
  15. JeLa

    Why is this news? It's a ridiculous story not worthy of print or obviously a bi-line to see who wrote it!

    December 6, 2010 at 8:23 am |
  16. Shirl

    I am so sadden by this. Of all the couples and preachers on Daystar I loved watching and listening to them. I want to thank Daystar for the many years that I've watched them and I appreciate their time and effort that they have given millions. However, I think back to all the sermons and beautifuly words that came out of Marcus Lamb and to think that he was continually sinning is just breaking my heart. I am overwhelmingling sad about this. I can not and will not judge him, that will come from our heavenly Father. All the time family members that are not believers have made comments to me about watching Daystar, and to find out that what they were saying is true. How could you cry on TV and appear so sincere? How could you preach the beautiful words of God and then continue sinning against God? How could you dishonor your wife? Right now it saddens me, I'll probably be mad later on down the road. I know we all are sinners, but this longtime relationship is just . . . . .how does one continue on sinning and preaching. Were all those tears you shed on TV repentence for what you had done and would be doing after you left the studio?

    December 5, 2010 at 6:29 pm |
  17. anonymous

    it would be rather saucy if he never cheated on his wife, and this whole thing was a big publicity stunt.

    btw his wife is fuuuugly.

    December 5, 2010 at 5:03 pm |
  18. SeekingSalvati0n

    I'm a christian. I was raised in a church founded and pastored by my great-grandmother (which she accomplished at a time when women still weren't allowed in the pulpit). In my adulthood, I eventually learned to discern the difference between tradition and faith. In the process of that maturation I learned the difference between a pastor/preacher and Christ.

    I learned that preaching in a pulpit doesn't make God's servants any more perfect than me. They simply use the unique gifts given to them. They have some of the same insecurities and flaws I have. The best analogy is one of the oldest. The bible teaches christians that God is our shepherd and he leads us. If this is true, than pastors and preachers are just the sheep at the front of the flock. The get scared like we do. They sometimes get stubborn like us. They have simply been afforded a position of leadership because they have evidenced that they have learned to trust the shepherd a little more consistently.

    It is man's traditions that have made the role of the priest within the church experience an elevated position. That is not to say that the leaders were are provided do not deserve appreciation or respect; however, they are not God. They are flawed human beings just like you an I. If christians continue to have such unrealistic expectations of our leadership, we will condemn them to failure, and ourselves to unnecessary frustration and disappointment. Christians don't worship pastors/preachers. These men and women are not the source of our salvation. Their assignment is to point us towards the Christ they serve.

    If you understand this, when a servant fails, it is not a calamity or scandal. It is a disappointment certainly; however, it should move a christian to prayer. It should inspire us to minister to those that had ministered to us. It shou

    December 5, 2010 at 11:08 am |
  19. libby

    it's all BS.
    Just like 98% of the TV shows out there, like 98% of politicians, 98% of management, 98% of society. If there's money involved, people will say whatever you want them to. Period.
    Quit following the flock to the slaughterhouse....

    December 5, 2010 at 4:50 am |
  20. Pat

    Let he who is without sin cast the first stone...

    Interesting because the only man ever without sin refused to throw

    December 5, 2010 at 1:27 am |
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