Religion in Society

TV Televangelist Marcus Lamb: I Cheated on My Wife

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TV televangelist Marcus Lamb admitted to a television audience that he's cheated on his wife, Joni Lamb. The admission, Marcus Lamb says, is a preemptive strike against three people working at the couple's ministry who threatened to expose the preacher's affair if they weren't given $7.5 million dollars.

Lamb made the confession Tuesday on his show "Celebration," which airs on the Daystar Television Network. His his wife Joni was at his side during the segment.

The couple (pictured above left) also posted a "special message" on the Daystar Television Network Web site, which read in part:

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. After Joni told her husband the Lord convinced her he was worth fighting for, together they submitted to an intense process of repentance, forgiveness, reconciliation and restoration through pastoral counseling and personal accountability under the leadership of an expanded church-based spiritual authority team.

Joni and Marcus chose to reveal their story -- not to excuse a sin, but rather to celebrate the victory of God’s grace and redemptive purpose in their lives. This has resulted in an expanded ministry vision focusing on marriage restoration among other couples and families, which they have already been facilitating one-on-one among friends.

However, Joni further explained that three people who were not involved in nor affected by their marital situation are now saying that unless Daystar pays them $7.5 million, they will take the story the Lamb’s shared on the Tuesday broadcast to the news media. She assured viewers this is not a secret issue they were hiding, but rather a personal matter from which they have been privately healing, at the recommendation of their spiritual counselors.

Marcus concluded that for 38 years he has faithfully preached the Gospel, but for the past several years he has lived a transformative Gospel of grace. On behalf of his wife, he expressed their appreciation for the ongoing prayers of Daystar viewers for their family and ministry in the days ahead.

The Texas-based Daystar Television Network airs such popular evangelists as T.D. Jakes, Joel Osteen, Creflo Dollar, Kenneth Copeland and Joyce Meyer.