Evangelist Benny Hinn is speaking out about his wife's recent divorce announcement.
On Thursday, Hinn posted a three-page statement to his partners explaining that his wife Suzanne has no 'biblical grounds for divorce."
"I also want you, my very dear partner, to know that there was absolutely no immorality involved in my life or in Suzanne's, ever," Hinn tells his partners in the statement. "We both kept our lives clean and were totally committed to each other for 30 years of marriage."
Suzanne Hinn filed the papers in Orange County, Calif. on Feb. 1 citing irreconcilable differences. The papers noted that the two separated on Jan. 26. Hinn insists his wife's recent action was a complete shock to the family.
"Suzanne never gave the family even a hint that this was on her mind," he said. "Even to this moment, the children and I don't know why she did it."
The evangelist continues to ask his supporters for prayer for his family's healing. He says that any pending divorce will not stop him from fulfilling his call to ministry.
"I want you, as my partner in this ministry, to know that I am going to continue preaching the Gospel and praying for the sick as I have for 36 years. I will not allow anything to slow me down or stop me," he said.
Benny and Suzanne Hinn married in 1979 and have three daughters and a son. Hinn's healing and evangelistic ministry has spanned the globe for more than 30 years, including Holy Spirit Miracle Crusades, ministry training conferences,TV broadcasts, and more.
Ministry officials said they covet the prayers and continued support of Pastor Hinn and his family as they walk through this difficult season.
*Originally published February 24, 2010.