Ho-hum, another televangelist involved in a scandal. The only thing more common than that is finding out that one is a millionaire. In the case of the Georgia-based Rev. Marcus Lamb, both things are apparently true. On the Nov. 30 broadcast of his program Celebration on the Daystar Television Network (founded and owned by the Lambs), publically admitted to having cheated on his wife, Joni. He said the affair had ended and he’d reconciled with his wife, but their hopes of keeping the whole thing private ended when 3 people came forward and demanded $7.5 million for not revealing it.
“They’re trying to take our pain and turn it to their gain,” said Rev. Lamb on the air. Standing with his wife and supporters Lamb added, “We’re not going to take God’s money to keep from being humiliated.”
Larry Ross, a spokesman for the Lambs, said the Georgia authorities had been informed of the extortion plot and that the couple would not comment on it more specifically for fear of hindering the investigation.
The Lambs of God
Marcus Lamb was born in 1957 in Cordelle, Georgia. He became born-again at the age of 5 and by age 15 was preaching as an evangelist. He graduated magna cum laude from Lee University, a private college affiliated with the Church of God (a Pentacostal denomination) and was later ordained a bishop by that Church. He met his wife Joni while working as an itinerant preacher in Greenville, South Carolina. They were married in 1982.
In 1980, Rev. Lamb founded the Word of God Fellowship, the parent company of his Daystar Television Network. Daystar built it’s first television station in 1985 and after that, like Topsy, it just “growed and growed.” Now, it operates 70+ TV stations in major US markets and broadcasts are heard in 200+ countries. In addition to the Lambs’ own Celebration program, it airs top evangelical talent like Joel Osteen, T.D. Jakes, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland, Creflo Dollar and Joyce Meyers. (sources: Wikipedia, the Clarion Ledger)
From Daystar’s website:
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.
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