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. HisGrace

    I suppose many of you did not read the article... this incident happened years ago during a difficult time in their marriage and he did the right thing sharing this... the people wanting money from him are using blackmail and that is very wrong. It is the people that want their money.
    The comments on here are grievous at best. God does forgive and God has worked on their marriage. From what it sounds like it was worked on behind the scenes and his wife already knew about it. This stuff needs to stay in the private lives of these people if they have worked it out . No need to share it unless it is to testify the goodness of the Lord in restoring marriage! God's heart isnt mean... He is kind and gentle and forgiving! That is the key forgiveness and moving forward. Being angry isnt going to help at all. It is all about Grace as well.

    December 12, 2010 at 2:45 pm |
  2. NewsOrGossip

    "Jesus" is right! This is an entertainment business. The wives who stay are really leaches who like living the "lifestyle" of a successful rockstar. People who send in thier money...are paying to "hear what they want to hear" thinking that there's some big God in the Sky, that's looking down on them and "approving of them". In reality they're so missing what the Master Teachers taught about, which is the Human has this Creative Power (God) within them. It's there regardless of whether you believe it or not...it works whether you believe in it or not.Don't blame your negative experiences on God...blame it on your lack of knowledge of what God is and your lack of knowing that this creative brilliance is a component of you. You're creating your negative experiences or unpleasureble experiences, or your desired results in life! Stop paying the liars behind the pulpit, and just go within...to the upper room and dwell there, ask be taught and you will acquire wisdom. First Love, love yourself, and above all other things...seek wisdom!

    December 12, 2010 at 1:32 pm |
  3. amanda

    It's okay if you are a Republicon Marcus. Join the club of Haggart, Bakker, Robertson, Swaggart, Ensign, Vitter, Gingrich, and Mark Sanford. .......They are all cheaters and all are still working!

    December 12, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  4. ANAND


    December 11, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
  5. Uh huh

    Another preacher of the Christian god gets caught doing the very thing that he preaches against...yawn. So much of organized religion is fundamentally corrupt and truly the opiate of the masses. Why not use the same energy and money to end world hunger and attempt bring all races together?

    December 11, 2010 at 7:24 pm |
  6. Chuck

    Nothing like forbidden fruit, especially when it's ripe.

    December 10, 2010 at 3:54 pm |
  7. Janet


    December 10, 2010 at 2:44 pm |
  8. Janet


    December 10, 2010 at 2:43 pm |
  9. AK

    He Frankly speaking.

    While your busy writing the sins of people that preach the Gospel, why don't you include some of your secret sins that were floating two weeks ago? lol You righteous people. Your so good and you do such a good job at casting your stones at others sins. What a joke F. You of all people. Get a life; you think you think you are so deep and are brilliant but you are shallow. You are and it is seen by many that know you. Start exposing your OWN fatal sins. Especially your covered up mistakes.

    December 10, 2010 at 6:02 am |
  10. AK

    For all the kind judgmental opinionated people out there. I'm sure you can agree and whole-heartedly say, "i am perfect". I don't, nor have I EVER done wrong! Right?

    No?? Forget mercy for you because what you GIVE, you get BACK. NO MERCY FOR YOU Mr./Mrs. Judge. Come on now, all that are perfect step right up now to the plate. There is only one that is perfect and HE >>>WILL<<>>HEART<<>>HEART<<<. Go ahead! You sit in judgement of ONE OTHER PERSON. JUST ONE.
    Not me; I'm leaviing heart judging to the one qualified for that. I am not.

    And, OH! Yes! Yes! You'll see Him someday; whether you "believe" it or not, lol. No second chances then.

    December 10, 2010 at 5:54 am |
  11. Former Catholic School Boy

    Gee a religios person who is a hypocrite. Whate a shock. NOT!

    December 9, 2010 at 3:45 pm |
  12. Grumpy

    Isn't cheating on one's wife a prerequesite for being a TV evangelist?

    December 8, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  13. Grumpy

    Isn't cheating on one's wife a prerequisite for being a TV evangelist?

    December 8, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  14. ken


    December 8, 2010 at 11:02 am |
  15. ken

    I DON'T WATCH THIS TELEVISION PREACHER ........but.....We are all human...we all make mistakes. If you want a verse from the bible...Ye without sin, cast the first stone. How many of you can do that. NONE ...thats the answer. Its not for me or you to judge. His wife has forgivven him , he obviously has made his apology to God. And in the end thats all that matters. It"s funny how people are so fast to put themselves on a pedastle and codemn others. Self righteous hipocrites ...... Must be nice to be perfect.

    December 8, 2010 at 10:51 am |
    • Marianna Basile

      We are called to judge with righteous judgment. Jesus said we will know false preachers/teachers by their fruit .. If Jesus warns us not to be deceived then He calls us to use righteous judgment. The verse that Jesus says to judge not is so taken out of context that it forms false doctrine, a complete misunderstanding of that verse means when taken out of context. Jesus is saying to not do hypocritical judgment – He goes on to say "you hypocrite, first take the log out of your own eye, and THEN you will see clearly to TAKE THE SPECK OUT OF YOUR BROTHER'S EYE. Matthew 7:5
      People who don't know the Word of God should not quote it to prove what they want to believe even as it is NOT the truth of Bible teaching. We are called to "test eveyrthing" against the Word of God – not our mistaken opinions of what we 'think' the Word says. The church needs to be taught on righteous judgment.

      December 9, 2010 at 12:21 pm |
  16. JeLa

    Really guys? You're all idiots for 1) Believing and accepting this as 'newsworthy' and 2) trying to convince eachother of the teachings and preachings of a backwards religion such as Christianity. It's hilarious reading at best, but come on now...playground time is over kiddies and there are more serious things/issues to discuss.

    December 8, 2010 at 9:28 am |
  17. Veritas

    Well, obviously all televangelists are either closet gays or have affairs with multiple other women. The only reason they are in this "profession" is money, s3x, and power. And this is what christianity has always been about. When are all the gullible sheep around the world going to realize that religion is only mass delusion?

    December 8, 2010 at 8:38 am |

    Say, did anyone notice the advertisement for Viagra at the bottom of this blog. Serendipidy I suppose.

    December 7, 2010 at 9:19 pm |
  19. Larry Craig

    He did not cheat. He just had a wide stance.

    December 7, 2010 at 3:50 pm |
  20. lalala

    You guys are crazy!

    December 7, 2010 at 3:12 pm |
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