Now Behold the Lamb: Televangelist Marcus Lamb Admits Adultery And Alleges Extortion

Televangelist Rev. Marcus Lamb has become the latest preacher to publicly admit to having an affair. However, this disclosure came with an allegation of extortion. Lamb appeared with his wife, Joni Lamb, to admit to an affair on this show “Celebration” and alleged that three people had demanded $7.5 million or they would reveal the affair.

The disclosure came on the couple’s website of Daystar Television Network. On the show, he stated “They’re trying to take our pain and turn it to their gain . . . We’re not going to take God’s money to keep from being humiliated.”

Lamb says that he went to the police with the extortion claim.

The ministry appears to be based in Georgia. Here is the extortion statute that applies in Georgia:

O.C.G.A. § 16-8-16 (2010)

§ 16-8-16. Theft by extortion

(a) A person commits the offense of theft by extortion when he unlawfully obtains property of or from another person by threatening to:

(1) Inflict bodily injury on anyone or commit any other criminal offense;

(2) Accuse anyone of a criminal offense;

(3) Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule or to impair his credit or business repute;

(4) Take or withhold action as a public official or cause an official to take or withhold action;

(5) Bring about or continue a strike, boycott, or other collective unofficial action if the property is not demanded or received for the benefit of the group in whose interest the actor purports to act; or

(6) Testify or provide information or withhold testimony or information with respect to another’s legal claim or defense.

(b) In a prosecution under this Code section, the crime shall be considered as having been committed in the county in which the threat was made or received or in the county in which the property was unlawfully obtained.

(c) It is an affirmative defense to prosecution based on paragraph (2), (3), (4), or (6) of subsection (a) of this Code section that the property obtained by threat of accusation, exposure, legal action, or other invocation of official action was honestly claimed as restitution or indemnification for harm done in the circumstance to which such accusation, exposure, legal action, or other official action relates or as compensation for property or lawful services.

(d) A person convicted of the offense of theft by extortion shall be punished by imprisonment for not less than one nor more than ten years.

HISTORY: Code 1933, § 26-1804, enacted by Ga. L. 1968, p. 1249, § 1; Ga. L. 1992, p. 6, § 16.

Option 3 would appear the relevant provision: “Disseminate any information tending to subject any person to hatred, contempt, or ridicule or to impair his credit or business repute.” Notably, however, adultery is still a crime in Georgia (as raised in option 2). Pursuant to § 16-6-19: “A married person commits the offense of adultery when he voluntarily has sexual intercourse with a person other than his spouse and, upon conviction thereof, shall be punished as for a misdemeanor.” I have previously written about such adultery laws and how they are presumptively unconstitutional (see also here).

According to his bio, he and his wife live in Dallas. It appears that extortion is simply folded into the theft provision in that state.

If the allegation is true, an extortion charge would appear warranted. None of this, of course, relieves Lamb of the hypocrisy of lecturing people on morality while a practicing adulterer.

There is even a song that goes with this inglorious moment called Now Behold the Lamb of God:

Now behold the Lamb
the Precious Lamb of God
Born into sin that I may live again
He’s the precious Lamb of God

When I always didn’t do right
I went left, He told me to go right
But I’m standing right here
in the midst of my tears, Lord
I claim You to be the Lamb of God

Source: CNN and Clarion Ledger

Jonathan Turley

46 thoughts on “Now Behold the Lamb: Televangelist Marcus Lamb Admits Adultery And Alleges Extortion

  1. How do you spell hypocrisy? What a piece of work this “minister” is! I just don’t understand how people can listen to and donate money to these kind of characters. Don’t you have to live like Christ when you are telling people to live like Christ did?

  2. …ZOUNDS……….Say it isn’t so, another Man of God struck down by the evils of adultery???…what in tarnation is the world co0ming to I ask you??….if it isn’t pointy hatted dudes diddling kids now the very bastions of faith again are rocked by the evils of an illict affair…………its shocking, but hell man ohhhhhh so sweet to see the hypocrisy of faith in action……but am sure that God in his infinite wisdom will forgive along with a healthy dose of cash eh………………..gotta love it eh.

  3. The usual ministerial hypocrisy and corruption.
    Nothing new here.
    Even the followers falling in line, continuing to write checks and support their favorite reverend, selling pie in the sky when you die.

  4. Bringing in the Sheep (Sheaves)…has an origin of its own…maybe the Good Pastor heard this version while a young lad……..

    “Bringing In The Sheaves” by Traditional

    Misheard Lyrics:
    Banging in the sheets
    Banging in the sheets
    We shall come all over
    Banging in the sheets.

    Original Lyrics:
    Bringing in the sheaves
    Bringing in the sheaves
    We shall come rejoicing
    Bringing in the sheaves

  5. Maybe Lamb did not have intercourse. Clinton didn’t since it depended on what is is. Maybe Lamb just got a Lewinsky in his Oval Office equivalent.

    If the dick didn’t fit you must acquit.

  6. It appears that Mr. Turley (or who ever wrote the posting) only asserts (out of thin air apparently) that it is unconstitutional to make adultery a criminal offense. He provides no evidence.

    He has surely admitted by implication that the states have some power over the matter because he counsels that it be a civil penalty only. Then from there he instantly leaps to the fiction that that means adultery cannot be a criminal offense. He leaps to the fiction that if it is a criminal penalty then it cannot be constitutional but doesn’t prove it in his post or in the links provided as to what part of the Constitution is violated. And he does all this while he implies that the state has this power in the first place to make it a civil offense. If it has the power to make it a civil offense it has the power to make it a criminal one.

    States can criminalize anything they want as long as they don’t violate Federal law. And Federal law says nothing about where to classify adultery. It is completely silent except for the 10th Amendment.

    If a state doesn’t have the power to criminalize adultery, please quote that power to me directly and explicitly from the Constitution. I seem to have missed that clause.

    The 10th Amendment is the only place where the Constitution touches the matter and it doesn’t say that adultery cannot be criminalized. In fact, it leaves the matter entirely in the hands of the states. Exactly in the hands of the people who even now legislate in the matter lawfully as a criminal offense.

    The Tenth Amendment doesn’t even say or imply that atheists cannot criminalize adultery. So it’s a big win for everyone. It leaves the matter wholly to the states whether they are populated by Baptists or atheists.

    Turley (or who ever wrote the post) allows that states have the authority to decide the matter, then disallows (apparently out of thin air) that even though they have the right, they don’t have the right to criminlize it. He apparently just makes this part up because the Constitution says no such thing.

    The same place he finds a remedy for handling the problem (in the Ten Amendment) is exactly the same place which allows states to criminalize it.

    The reason (and I speculate here from history and knowledge of the people of America and who my ancestors were) that adultery was criminalized is because it was recognized by people with high sense of justice and fair play (i.e. Christians) that when adultery wasn’t severely punished women and children were plunged into the severest of poverty, want, or danger because of what the man (usually) did to her and likely her children.

    He (generally) does this when he commits adultery and thus is no longer welcome in the home in which she was tending to him, washing his stinky underwear, and raising their children while neglecting 20 of her best years needed to pad her resume and further her education while he continues to do so because of HER service to him as was understood by the customary agreement between the two when they married.

    He (or she) broke this contract or agreement. He or she committed the worst of frauds. Worse than Bernie Madoff because they shared the same bed. Even Bernie is in jail for the rest of his life for the fraud he committed.

    It is fallacious to think just because these laws have a religious aspect, that they are therefore unconstitutional. The worst you can say about them is that the contracts or agreements between couples are not written better.

    To say that criminalizing marriage is unconstitutional because of their association with a religion is to make merely a weak assumption based on a genetic fallacy.

    Certainly the Constitution permits criminalizing marriage. And I’ve provided the evidence that it does.

  7. Tootie,
    Are you suggesting that only Christians have a high sense of justice and fair play? Pretty arrogant, dont you think? Where is your evidence by the way? Quoting the Bible is evidence? Adultery is a fraud worse than Bernie Madoff’s??? Adultery is a problem between two people and a family. How many people got screwed by Bernie’s fraud?

  8. Straight sex gets a 30% discount on extortion rates. Then there’s the 10% clergy discount. How about a 5% quantity discount? Professional rate? Local service call mileage? Satisfaction warranty?
    There are so many ways to cut that $7.5 mill down to its actual size around three bucks, dontcha think? I mean, he wasn’t even trying to deal. The case is only worth pocket change. Hell, I wouldn’t pay more than a dollar a snatch, but that’s me.

  9. google ‘sheaves’ they are not sheep! Good parody though.

    Tootie, I’d like to introduce you to the real world but fear the shock would be more than your tiny brain could take. You just keep living in that fantasy one you have built and you should get by. It would be equally nice if you would stop popping up in the real world to insist your delusions are the only reality but I think the intrusions are part of your delusion so I doubt you will.

  10. First, irony and coffee courtesy of Dick Cheney.

    Now, irony and hypocrisy sauce served over Lamb.

    Man, there is some good eatin’ going on today!

  11. Do you people really think that just because a man is a Christion that he will be perfect. Why must you all find it necessary to cast the “first Stone”. We all make mistakes whether you are a Christian or not. The point is to help the other person not point out how much better you are than them>

  12. Tommy,
    “Lighten up Francis!” Noone is slamming Christians. We are slamming someone who claims to be Christian who is obviously not following in Christ’s footsteps. Not to mention making millions off of other Christians. Is he going to give a discount to all of his followers now that he has admitted to an affair. Why don’t we care more about the wife who has been lied to?

  13. rafflaw,

    Did you just want to ask me questions then answer them yourself before I respond? Go right ahead if it amuses you. But it will not make you an less presumptuous.

    More innocent women (and I would say men as well) have gotten screwed by adultery than Bernie Madoff ever screwed with his Ponzi scheme. If Bernie had screwed one person it would still have been criminal.

    And so if you want to count sheer numbers of persons screwed by adultery in comparison to the number of persons getting screwed by Madoff, Madoff is merely a blip on the radar. This is somewhat my point.

    And if we want to compare the hundreds of billions of dollars lost to mostly women who diverted their careers with the few wealthy people who lost (to Bernie) far more money than most of these betrayed women could ever dream of, the amount (in the aggregate) they lost pales in comparison.

    Bernie’s thievery was a problem between two people as well. If that is your criteria, it still fits my argument better than yours.

  14. frank:

    So you didn’t have anything of substance to say in response to the points I made in my post? Instead, you preferred to insult me and didn’t even bother to prove that your insults are based on the truth?

    I’m all for lobbing insults when I’ve got the goods on the target, but you couldn’t even manage that. It’s kind of lazy, don’t you think?

    Or is that too difficult as well?

  15. rafflaw:

    That sentence (if you care) should read:

    And if we want to compare the hundreds of billions of dollars lost to mostly women who diverted their careers with the few wealthy people who lost (to Bernie) far LESS* money than most of these betrayed women could ever dream of….

  16. Another correction:

    My original post read:

    “To say that criminalizing MARRIAGE is unconstitutional because of their association with a religion is to make merely a weak assumption based on a genetic fallacy.”

    Marriage should read: “adultery”. And “their association” should read “the association”.

    Sorry, I’m a bad writer and a worse editor.

  17. Let me clear up a few misconceptions on your part. First of all, you shouldn’t be confused who wrote the original posting. Prof. Turley “signed” his name to it at the bottom. Secondly,if you look at the links that he provides in his article, he references the reader to the recent Supreme Court case of Lawrence v. Texas, which outlawed anti-sodomy laws and makes the case that any law that criminalizes any private consensual acts would be unconstitutional under the reading of that decision, including the dissents. I certaintly would not want you or anyone making the decision what my wife and I can or cannot do in the privacy of our home. The State making that same decision is no less onerous.
    Your argument that the State can criminalize anything it wants unless it violates Fed law is correct. That is why Prof. Turley discussed the Lawrence v. Texas case. I recommend that you use the links and take a look at what “evidence” Prof. Turley discussed. Have a nice day in your Tenther world.

  18. Ever tyme I hear ’bout them Jimmie Swaggart-tipe christins, I think of ol’ Tex Williams’ a’sangin’ this song.

  19. Tommy:

    “Do you people really think that just because a man is a Christian that he will be perfect. Why must you all find it necessary to cast the “first Stone”. We all make mistakes whether you are a Christian or not. The point is to help the other person not point out how much better you are than them>”

    In my opinion, it isn’t about Christianity but about Lamb holding himself out as a “leader” of people. He should have held himself to a higher standard. The sin of the flesh stuff these televangelist preach is rather tiresome.

    If they want my money they can hold themselves to a higher standard than my dog. He has sex anywhere he can find a willing bitch, don’t you think a human being should have a little higher standard? Especially one who professes morality in public.

    Lamb is just a big bull shit artist, just like all the rest of them. Except maybe Billy Graham, he seems to have lived what he preached.

  20. Tommy
    1, December 2, 2010 at 1:03 pm
    Do you people really think that just because a man is a Christion that he will be perfect. Why must you all find it necessary to cast the “first Stone”. We all make mistakes whether you are a Christian or not. The point is to help the other person not point out how much better you are than them>

    =============================================================

    Imperfection is forgivable … boring is not. (Yeah, yeah … I know)

  21. Hannibal Lecter: “You know what you look like to me, with your good bag and your cheap shoes? You look like a rube. A well scrubbed, hustling rube with a little taste.”

  22. Buddha Is Laughing: “First, irony and coffee courtesy of Dick Cheney. Now, irony and hypocrisy sauce served over Lamb. Man, there is some good eatin’ going on today!”

    ——-

    You eatin’ pie with that coffee and irony BIL?

  23. Tootie: “The reason (and I speculate here from history and knowledge of the people of America and who my ancestors were) that adultery was criminalized is because it was recognized by people with high sense of justice and fair play (i.e. Christians)…
    ——

    Tootie, by all means wrap yourself in the cloak of the compassionate christians, you who posted in opposition to extending greater health benefits to 9-11 first responders that ‘no one held a gun to their heads and made them go to ground zero.’ Yea, that compassionate christian thing looks good on you but using it to bolster any argument you make, considering your posting history, is a fraud as great as you argue against.

  24. No pie tonight.

    But I did have some chocolate covered cherries.

    Quite possibly my favorite candy. I only allow them in the house at the Holidays.

    If I didn’t, I’d need a crane to leave the house.

  25. “But I did have some chocolate covered cherries.
    Quite possibly my favorite candy.”

    Favorite brand/supplier? (Inquiring minds…)

  26. Cella’s (liquid center only) or Harry & David’s solid cherry chocolate covered.

    Or Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia :) Evil stuff that. But I love it so.

  27. Thanks, Buddha. I tried the ones from Harry & David’s a few years ago and remember them as heavenly…

    I think I’ll have to head to the kitchen now, in search of something sweet. (Twelve hours on my feet today and I’m feeling the need to consume…)

    Re: “If I didn’t, I’d need a crane to leave the house.”
    :-)

    Re: “Or Ben and Jerry’s Cherry Garcia Evil stuff that. But I love it so.”

    Wicked good…

  28. BIL: “No pie tonight.

    But I did have some chocolate covered cherries.”
    __

    I love chocolate covered cherries- dark chocolate nom, nom, nom. and B&J’s Cherry Garcia is food of the ghods. I though like a mix of semi-liquid cram, liquid and cherry in my CCC’s. Thats actually a difficult effect to achieve for home candy making. I have made liquid center, hand dipped truffles with various liquors but could never get CCC’s to work. Probably good thing, I’d have never left the house again.

  29. Hey, Blouise. Can’t believe it’s almost 2 am. Worked a 12 hour shift today (off at 8) and am pretty wired… “The throat” is better. :-) Thanks for asking.

    I’ll e-mail you before the 13th…

  30. Blouise,

    I don’t know how that smile with the shades ended up in my comment…

    Now I get it… I typed ( off at 8 ), but without the spaces… Well, given my current state, guess it’s appropriate.

  31. lottakatz:

    Your point @ December 3, 2010 at 12:24 am is non sequitur.

    Besides that, I don’t owe first responders to 911 anything. I don’t owe them a dime. I’m not a New Yorker (the only people this should concern). You can send them all your money. Just do it and stop whining to me about it.

    Cops and police have fabulous medical care and more fabulous retirement and benefits packages than most average people like myself who freaking have NO SUCH THINGS. They know the risk of the jobs they take and are willingly take them on especially knowing they have such luxuries awaiting them down the line.

    If these people were forced to do their jobs, I would change my mind (if I was a New Yorker).

    The most dangerous job in America is lumberjacking (last time I checked). Oops, I guess the fishermen are now first (Sarah Palin’s family business is fishing, by-the-way).

    http://www.businessinsider.com/the-15-most-dangerous-jobs-in-america-2010-3#no-1-fishers-and-related-fishing-workers-15

    Yet these people also freely choose to work in those careers. I don’t see you wringing your hands for them though I would guess that your life greatly depends on what they (lumberjacks and fishermen) do. I’ve never needed a cop or a fireman, but I survive day in and day out because of my wooden house. And pardon me for eating a tuna sandwich.

    Enough of the whining. It is so old and so trivial.

    Government workers are plundering the American people whether their jobs are dangerous or not. They get enough of everything already. If first responders were really at a greater risk than others who don’t have the same benefits people wouldn’t continue to fight and compete with others about getting those jobs. But people clamor to take them and the unions even see to it that the supply of workers is lower so the wages are higher.

    This is because the jobs have similar or less risk that others but have far more financial reward now and in the future.

  32. I dont understand why you guys can be so mean and so unmerciful!!!
    Dont we have people with at least a little bit of sympathy???
    No one is perfect! If you are, cast the first stone!!
    Be merciful to other so you’ll receive mercy!!!

  33. Nothing “unmerciful” about pointing out the hypocrisy of those who hold themselves up as moral teachers, full of advice about what we must do and believe in order to be “saved.”
    None of us are casting stones. We’re just showing how they are full of admonitions, that they themselves don’t really believe.
    Our “stones” will not kill them, many of their followers will continue to follow them and write fat checks to support them in their opulent lifestyles.
    Just look at Jimmy Swaggert, Benny Hinn, and those other religious Top Bananas.

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