Revival leader and his wife separate

Just weeks after Canadian evangelist Todd Bentley announced that he would end his regular appearances at a Pentecostal revival in Lakeland, his ministry has revealed that he has filed for separation from his wife, The Ledger in Lakeland, Fla., reports.

Bentley's revival began in April and had created crowds and controversy since that time.

"It is with considerable sadness ... that we must temper the jubilation we know you all feel with the sobering news that Todd and Shonnah Bentley are presently experiencing significant friction in their relationship and are currently separated,'' reads a note from the board of directors of Bentley's Fresh Fire Ministries. "We want to affirm that there has been no sexual immorality on the part of either Todd or Shonnah, nor has there ever been. Undoubtedly the pressures and the burden of the Outpouring, which approaches 144 days on August 23rd, have helped to create an atmosphere of fatigue and stress that has exacerbated existing issues in their relationship.''

Prominent leaders in charismatic circles, including Steve Strang and J. Lee Grady, have written about their views on the development.

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