Religion In The News

Dallas Evangelist Sues Cross-Painting Follower

by Elroy Willis -- March 2, 1999

DALLAS (EAP) -- A local Dallas TV evangelist pressed charges against one of his God-fearing followers this week after she spray-painted several hundred cross figures on the outside of his recently built 2-million-dollar home last week.

Mark Lamb, self-proclaimed man of God, returned home last Thursday to discover the woman painting cross figures on his house and proceeded to knock her out after she put up a fight when he tried to stop her.

"I didn't mean to knock her out, I just lost control," Lamb said.

25-year-old Amy Young of Dallas was taken to a nearby hospital and is listed in fair condition, with a few facial bruises and a mild concussion caused by her falling to the ground and striking her head on the pavement.

"She was defacing my walls, and I had to stop her. She wouldn't let go of the paint can and was screaming that God told her to paint the crosses on my house," Lamb said.

Lamb asked for money from his TV viewers last Sunday to cover the cost of repainting his walls but apparantly received little support as the viewers believe that the woman was acting on behalf of God.

"It's a real problem," said Lamb. "My viewers want me to pay for the repairs out of my own pocket. God wouldn't want this, so I have no choice but to press charges against Mrs. Young to recover the costs of repairing my home."

Young says she's not pressing counter-charges of assault against Lamb, and stated that she dosen't understand why Lamb can't believe that she actually received her messages from God.

"If he thinks he's the only one who can hear God's voice, then I don't think I'll be making any more donations to his ministry," she said.

Earlier this year, Lamb pressed charges against a man who dented the door of his new Mercedes in the church parking lot, claiming that the man was possessed by Satan and had no respect for other people's property.


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