Christian TV took a soap opera turn Tuesday when the married co-founders of Daystar, a network based in the Dallas area, used a live broadcast to share the husband’s infidelity and allege extortion by outsiders.
Evangelists Marcus and Joni Lamb made a preemptive strike, going on their regular morning program, “Celebration,” to acknowledge his past marital misconduct and claim that three people had demanded $7.5 million to keep the scandal out of the media.
“Ladies and gentleman, we’re not going to take God’s money and pay to keep from being humiliated,” Marcus Lamb said during the broadcast from Daystar’s Bedford headquarters.
The Lambs, who still run Daystar, allowed a reporter in the studio but would not take questions afterward.
Daystar is a powerhouse evangelical network, broadcasting in more than 200 countries. It is the second largest Christian network, after Trinity Broadcasting Network, which has a production center in Irving.
Daystar features such well-known preachers as Joel Osteen , John Hagee, Benny Hinn, Kenneth Copeland and James Robison.
Local pastors who appear on the network include Bishop T.D. Jakes of the Potter’s House church, Jack Graham of Prestonwood Baptist Church, Robert Jeffress of First Baptist Dallas, and Ed Young Jr., of Fellowship Church.
I’ve always wondered why any pastor would want to associate him or herself with Daystar. One of my former pastors once was interviewed on the network, but that was about it. One of those pastors above is a Hardin-Simmons grad.
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