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3Dec/10

That Daystar Mess

It's been a while, but the following news item had a way of reminding me that there were still some newsworthy items to blog about ...

» Dallas Morning News: Exclusive: Former employee sues Daystar founder Marcus Lamb over his extramarital affair with another employee
» Dallas Morning News: Daystar founders Marcus and Joni Lamb discuss infidelity, alleged extortion plot on 'Good Morning America'

Make of it what you will. I'm not sure that I'm totally accepting of either the original lawsuit or the Lambs' rush to the spotlight in order to make their first impression the lasting word on the topic. I can't help but think that I've seen this play out before. None of us is perfect and there's something to be said for ministering through the trials of your own life. Of course, there are also points where we say to ourselves that we need to just remove ourselves from a certain situation and it's more than curious that very few people that are in this kind of situation ever seem to say that. All the more problematic is that the video below has the Lambs headed straight to one of the most sympathetic interviewers and audiences imaginable. Not exactly facing the fire.

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  1. Greg, I understand your ambivalence regarding this situation…mostly. I am very glad that the Lambs saved their marriage and seem to be happy now.

    However, I have read the entire lawsuit, including all court documents filed to date, and I am extremely troubled by the 7-plus years that this “improper” adulterous relationship went on, and that deception regarding the affair appears to continue to this day. This was not a short fling, but a long-term adulterous affair.

    I’m also disappointed that, according to the lawsuit, the Kendalls were unwilling to counsel Marcus Lamb to step down, as they should have. Marcus was “ministering” all the while he was committing adultery. After he got caught, he never skipped a beat. He kept on collecting his salary as President and CEO of Daystar. And he continued to take donated Daystar money and misuse it on his mistress, even after she was sent away. They don’t have to tell us everything that’s going on in their private lives, but Marcus certainly should have stepped down “for personal reasons” or “for health reasons” while they were receiving counseling and being spiritually restored.

    I realize that we don’t have all the facts, but they didn’t start screaming about an extortion plot against them until the lawsuit was ready to be filed. Then their spin team went into overdrive, booking them on popular secular television shows with sympathetic hosts and hastily filing a countersuit. Local law enforcement investigated their claims, and the Lambs claimed that they also contacted federal authorities. The Bedford Police issued a statement that, after consulting with the Tarrant County District Attorney’s Office, there did not appear to be any criminal conduct under Texas Law. All of this came across as simply an effort to discredit the sources of the information, pending public release, rather than true sorrow at what they had done.

    A little honesty and humility on the part of Marcus and Joni Lamb would have gone a long way towards showing a repentant heart and would have actually disarmed many of their critics. Instead, a pattern of defiance, lying, and cover-up is emerging.

    People in leadership have a greater responsibility and will be held to a higher standard of accountability than those whom they are called to serve. They seem to forget that the word “minister” simply means “servant.” We have enabled the Lambs to become very rich running their “ministry” while not being held accountable for their actions. They simply swept these things under the rug and kept on going.
    The Lambs may think they can manipulate the facts of this case and cover up, but……..God is watching!

    In fact, it may very well be God who is exposing this hypocrisy for the world to see. I pray that true Christians all over the world will have discernment about these ministries and will only follow Jesus.

    1 Corinthians 5:9-13
    9 I wrote you in my letter not to associate with immoral people;
    10 I did not at all mean with the immoral people of this world, or with the covetous and swindlers, or with idolaters, for then you would have to go out of the world.
    11 But actually, I wrote to you not to associate with any so-called brother if he is an immoral person, or covetous, or an idolater, or a reviler, or a drunkard, or a swindler–not even to eat with such a one.
    12 For what have I to do with judging outsiders? Do you not judge those who are within the church?
    13 But those who are outside, God judges. REMOVE THE WICKED MAN FROM AMONG YOURSELVES.


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