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. Brian in Toronto

    Do as I say not as I do and keep sending in the $$$. Its high time that Organized Religion gets taxed the same way corporations do. No exemptions for anyone.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  2. Mike

    "We're sorry – please forgive us – send money – it will help heal us faster!"

    December 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
  3. KikiT

    Start taxing churches and or religions unless they can prove that they only keep 10% for operating costs and the rest goes to feed/house the homeless, invalid, injured, etc. Televangelism is a business racket. No wonder they have millions coveted by blackmailers. Disgusting.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
    • Scott


      December 1, 2010 at 6:31 pm |
  4. Boscobear

    The man cheats and the result is that he can go on as before. He is a hypocrite, yet people will still keep on giving so he can maintain his lifestyle. But the woman has to stand there, with a smile on her face while everything she thought was safe is now trashed in public.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
  5. andre

    Ok so tiger woods does it and gets absolutely burned at the stake, and this man, who took his parishoners money gets sympathy?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:19 pm |
    • Michelle

      Amen, Andre!!!!!

      December 1, 2010 at 4:45 pm |
  6. R

    I just wonder why this kind of news item about an unknown preacher makes it to the front page of CNN and other outlets. Have you noticed that lately? Get off their backs!
    They give bad name to Christianity, and yes some and maybe many of them are not even Christian. Get off their back, please!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  7. brystel

    My 2 favorite news stories are when (1) crazy religious people are exposed as hypocrites and (2) when gun rights advocates have gun accidents and/or are shot by their pets

    December 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
    • saganhill

      Well, what about when car rights advocates get into car wrecks? What about when knife advocated cut themselves? What about when swimmer advocates drown? What about when typing advocates get carple tunnle? What about when doctor advocates make a mistake and mame or kill someone? What about heart advocates who eat healthy and die of a heart attack? Life is full of choices and saying that a gun rights advocate is the same as a religious lunatic is absurd and short of any logical thought.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:28 pm |
  8. saganhill

    Of course he cheated on her. Dont you all know he talks to god? God must have said it was ok. But in the end god will forgive him and all will be in his family. Wow...could you all sense the sarcasm?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
    • David

      No, you sound like a reasonable, mature atheist with something useful and constructive to say.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:11 pm |
  9. Dale

    If the gospel be hid, it's hid to them who are lost. If the atheists are right, then none of us have anything to worry about after we die. But if they're wrong... well, it'll be too late to do anything about it then – but they will have made that choice themselves. I doubt anything said on this forum is going to convince anyone on either side either way; but I would love to encourage fellow Christians to stop trying to defend God. He's a Big Boy and doesn't need your help. You want to lead others to Christ? Live for Him, don't try to speak for Him. Arguing will get you nowhere, but living a life to where you can be a light to others, well that'll work.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
    • saganhill

      So Dale, let me get this straight...You beleive in god just in case it "might" be true? Going through life in a lie is just as bad as spreading that lie around.

      December 1, 2010 at 1:20 pm |
    • David

      @saganhill, you think that's the only reason people believe in God or may be Christian? I don't care what someone believes, everyone should strive to live a Christ-like life. People like you rant about "lies" and "fairy tales" and "delusions". What possible good does it do, sitting there snidely hacking away at something you don't believe in? I've seen nothing but positives from the religious community in my own experience. People like you look like a bunch of bitter trolls frothing from the sidelines.

      December 1, 2010 at 10:09 pm |
  10. NeTxJoe

    It is great that him and his wife were able to work thru this. Something that has always bothered me though about televangelist is preaching for profit. If you are called by god to spread his word, it isnt to live a life of luxury. I am not saying that it is wrong to have money, but I do believe that when you have a preacher making hundreds of thousands of dollars a year, at some point, their focus begins to stray away from the word of our Lord, and more towards the depths of their pockets. I leave my television set off the religious channels on Sundays. Just doesnt seem right. It is always the same thing over and over. Usually a woman in her 50-60's crying with mascara running down her face telling the public how they are sinning by not sending them money. My money will go to my church, and the charities I choose.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:18 pm |
  11. Barbie

    Colin, it takes more than asking for forgiveness on your deathbed to get into heaven. You have to sincerely believe that Jesus, the Son of God, was the only living human being that ever walked the earth as a perfect human and that he died on the cross for all of mankinds sins, including Hiltlers and yours. Read the first few books of the New Testament in the Bible. It doesn't say anywhere in the Bible that Christians are above others in any way shape or form. We all make mistakes, its what we learn from those mistakes, whom we ask for forgiveness and how we move on afterward that make Christians different.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:17 pm |
  12. paul

    The idea of infinite mercy discredits the entire concept of Good and Evil. If God's mercy is infinite, then even Satan must be forgiven.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:16 pm |
  13. John

    Religion-the ultimate drug induced fantasy. C'mon folks, tell me with a straight face that the prophets didn't smoke hash and opiates on a regular basis.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:15 pm |
  14. Frank

    Why are cheating televangelists even news? I mean, is anyone really surprised by these incidents anymore??

    December 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
  15. Dale

    If the gospel be hid, it's hid to those who are lost. If the atheists are right, then none of us have anything to worrry about after we die. If they're wrong... well, it'll be too late to do anything about it – but they will have made that choice themselves. I really doubt that anything said on this forum is going to convince anyone either way; however, I would love to encourage fellow Christians to quit trying to defend God – He doesn't need your help – He's a big boy. You want to draw more people to Christ – live for Him, don't try to speak for Him.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:14 pm |
    • cwby

      "be hid"?? are you serious?
      First take the "be" out. then use "hidden", not "hid".
      How in the hell can you read and understand something as complicated as the Bible
      and you fail at your own language??

      December 1, 2010 at 2:54 pm |
    • asrael

      Actually, Dale, God is She; seems that got lost in translation a while back...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:07 pm |
  16. IWFKU

    Christianity is just an opiate for weak-minded fools. The morons who watch these televangelists deserve everything they get, or have taken from them, as it were.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:13 pm |
  17. John

    His wife couldn't care less. As long as she has the credit cards and checkbook, he can go and VISIT MEN in Las Vegas and it's OK with the wife. IT'S ALL ABOUT MONY AND IGNORANT INSECURE PEOPLE.

    December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  18. Larry

    If there really is a god, wouldn't the Notre Dame – Boston College game always end in a tie?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
    • asrael

      5 stars, Larry...!

      December 1, 2010 at 9:05 pm |
  19. Alex Daniels

    cost of picking up stones to throw: dirt cheap
    cost of knee-jerk reaction a Christians admission of mistake: talk is even cheaper than dirt cheap
    cost of extorting for the purpose of proving Christians make mistakes too: 7.5 million dollars

    cost of salvation: free, someone else paid the ticket for you
    cost of faith: less than a mustard seed
    cost of truth: one page at a time

    I dont need check for 7.5 million to point a finger at some one, but that aint my call to do so in the first place. If I wanted to, I could go out to the mailbox and look at all the homes down my street and pick apart anyone. There are always plenty of stones laying everywhere to throw. When you understand real Christianity, you know how judgment overcomes us, human nature is what makes us hate the murderers and forgive the thief, or the other way around, if the murder was in self defense or the theft was like the Norfolk employee that was paid for 12 years straight without showing up for work. We cant judge by stereo type. We have to get away from that as a society. Just as much as there are the good, the bad, and the luke-warm in Christianity, there just as such in every other religion. Blast out on the Christians if you like but keep the opposition on level ground, cause you may not like when the stones are thrown at you. How bout your skeletons?

    December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
  20. Lisa S

    I expect every one of you religious bashing atheists to decline all Christmas gifts offered to you or you are hypocrites! No buying or getting Christmas gifts if you're atheist!

    December 1, 2010 at 1:09 pm |
    • brystel

      Lisa – As a proud atheist, I can tell you I don't give/get gifts at the holidays. Shouldn't we enjoy the company of our family and friends and not be so materialistic?

      December 1, 2010 at 1:23 pm |
    • Marc

      Lisa, you bet that I will accept gifts. What does accepting gifts during our time off from work have to do with religion?

      December 1, 2010 at 2:02 pm |
    • asrael

      Note to self: no more gifts to or from Lisa S...

      December 1, 2010 at 9:02 pm |
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