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. Sondra

    WOW!!!! WHAT A SHOCK!!!!!!! Another hypocrite and his stupid, smiling helmet-head wife by his side. Boy, these days money and power can bUy anything, even pride and dignity. I'm not the least bit surprised by the men, but their stupid wives make me sick!!!!! BEING A CHRISTIAN DOES NOT MEAN BEING A FOOL!!!!!!!!!!!!!!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  2. Joseph

    Well for the one who tried ot extort 7 mil too bad you loose. For the couple God Bless you and pray that your marriage is healed. For the gossipers, he without sin cast the first stone, I am sure there is none. You all have sinned in some form or fashion so leave this story where it is, done. as you can recall all can be redeemed and bounce back just like God said it would be. At least they are open how many more are there out there.?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:08 pm |
    • RUSerious

      So "he who is without sin, shall cast the first stone", you say? As an athiest, I do not believe in sin. Therefore, your argument is null and viod...now where might I find some pointy stones?

      December 2, 2010 at 12:39 am |
  3. John

    He is not a religious person at all. He is a business man and con artist. He make millions tax free in the name of God. What a bunch of crap. And God said..."thou shalt make a fortune"

    December 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  4. Larry

    What is a church doing with $7.5 million – keeping it in reserve for those holy men who molest young boys?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:07 pm |
  5. hippocrites

    OK – but I want every one of you dis=ing religion and Jesus to decline ALL Christmas presents that come your way OR you are just as hypocritical as the religious people you mock. Don't buy any and do accept any. Atheists don't do Christmas!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
    • OH YEA

      You must be very young, "dont get christmas presents, Yikes that should be enough to drive everyone to religion no Christmas presents and all. LOL Really young lady thats the problem too many people think about what they get out of religion and not what they can do for other people. The first place your mind went to was presents. When you are young that is the norm, but as you said athiests dont do Christmas fair enough, but Married preachers shouldnt do women other than his wife, or be able to pay 7.5 million in black mail and still be wealthy after that.No believers should be that rich, not poor but not rich thats is what you are supposed to give up when you become a man of god other wise you are just pretending for the money. Also no true believer should / can be that rich or you cannot enter the kingdom of Heaven. its that simple anyone who thells you any different is blind to the truth as it is written anyway. Why is that money not feeding starving and dying children?Should a person have 3 cars a swimming pool luxury holidays fancy clothes massive house well beyond what he really needs to be comfortable, while there is starvation and disease killing people (children) all over the world. Im betting Jesus says no.

      December 1, 2010 at 6:06 pm |
  6. MIMi

    At the very least this man must step down from this pulpit. Pastors as are any leaders of a group are held to a higher standard and if someone is going to preach and spread the word to others then that person must be above reproach. Perfect, no, but come on, an affair goes WAY over the line. Step down.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:05 pm |
  7. Larry

    I am very surprised at this person. Don't christian holy men usually go after young boys?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:04 pm |
    • Thomas

      That would be the Catholic. Lamb is Pentecostal

      December 1, 2010 at 3:03 pm |
  8. maxmax


    December 1, 2010 at 1:03 pm |
    • Sara

      MAXMAX – you were quick to post that one! Please do your researching πŸ™‚ Just another apostate πŸ™‚

      December 1, 2010 at 3:34 pm |
  9. madkitty

    All I can say is that when I have no one I can always talk to God. When I make mistakes when I am bereaved by guilt or shame I can always turn to God. Believing in something that brings me peace does not make me ignorant or foolish. So to all you christian bashers take note, each of us is different and its an act of arrogancy on your part for lumping all christians into one stereotypical catagory. Please educate yourselves on all aspects of religion before bashing us for having something to believe in.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
    • Cricket

      madkitty, I do exactly as you do in your first 3 sentences. I carry God within me. I do not, however, take the Bible literally and I don't believe there is a man who lives up in the clouds and decides who's born and who's not and who dies. I think "God" is our soul and we each decide to be good souls or bad souls. Christians can be bad souls and Atheists can be good souls. The Atheists who ridicule Christians for their beliefs are bad souls. No one knows who's right...but everyone knows what's right for them.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:38 pm |
    • Thomas

      I used to have an imaginary friend to talk to also when I was a kid. He made me feel better.

      Of course, I grew up.

      December 1, 2010 at 2:59 pm |
  10. maxmax


    December 1, 2010 at 1:02 pm |
  11. Dwe

    The comment that Atheism is the next religion is not correct. Religion is belief in absence of evidence. Atheism draws from principles of empricism and scientific reason. "Believing" in reason or science is not the same as believing in religion, because science and reason are open to scrutiny and evolve in the face of growing evidence. Relgion does not.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:59 pm |
  12. E.C.

    He can’t even practice what he preaches. The only reason he went public and confessed to his wife was to avoid extortion, it has nothing to do with neither feeling guilt nor respecting his wife or his believes. It’s all about money and losing control of his made believed power. People wake up! Following somebody's idea of religion will not bring you closer to GOD.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:57 pm |
  13. rad

    I don't know but I get a special kind of satisfaction when one of these pillars of the religious community falls. Nothing but hypocrites

    December 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
    • David

      Why, because they are imperfect just like anyone else? I love how when a religious person does wrong, the atheists latch on and go on a tirade about hypocrisy, etc, etc. So...what...atheists are held to a lower level of ethics and thus free from attack when they do the same things? Implying atheists have lower ethical standards? Hm, wait, but aren't atheists always saying that ethics are independent of religion? Perhaps there's some hypocrisy in there after all.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:03 pm |
  14. Pete

    She is a bit of a porker... guess he wanted to move up, now that he's rich, peddling heaven to the gullible masses, eh?

    December 1, 2010 at 12:56 pm |
  15. Elias

    You sin but if you are a good christian and you repent, you are forgiven. And so on... I only wonder what happens to the victims of your sins. Do they get a second chance??

    December 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  16. Chicago

    When you die, you won't see pearly gates, or some made up saint, you won't see anything, you'll be dead.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:55 pm |
  17. Betty

    Another hypocritical 'Believer'? Man, what a shock...................

    December 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  18. Deb

    People are people...Some just think they are better than others. It's sad, we were all put on this earth together and created equal, but because you are the head of a church, temple, etc, you cheat, you will get caught...Easiest way out of that is, don't cheat!

    December 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  19. Millie Bea

    His ratings must have been down.

    December 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
  20. LooneyBin

    Cheating on your wife – Nobody's business
    Cheating on your wife while proselytizing morality in a public arena – Everyone's business

    December 1, 2010 at 12:54 pm |
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