Pastor Abedini: Wife's allegations of abuse are 'false'; receives support from US Congressman

Saeed Abedini, an Iranian American pastor who was jailed in Iran and later freed, was recently interviewed about the allegations of "physical, emotional, psychological, and sexual abuse (through Saeed's addiction to pornography)" made by his wife, Naghmeh Abedini. 

Saeed Abedini, a pastor from Idaho, is pictured with Congressman Robert Pittenger at Landstuhl Regional Medical Center in Landstuhl, Germany, in this undated handout photo provided by Congressman Robert Pittenger, on January 20, 2016. | Reuters/Congressman Robert Pittenger/Handout via Reuters

The pastor disclosed that he and his wife are filing for legal separation. In addition, Naghmeh has also requested for a restraining order against him. 

Abedini also reflected on how the world now perceives him after the "false accusations" that he claims his wife made against him. 

"People now have two different Saeeds. One of them is a hero of their faith; one of them is an abuser, an addicter [sic]. When I talk with some people, I can see the confusion. I don't believe this confusion is coming from God. This is completely coming from Satan," Abedini said in the interview with Christianity Today. 

"Now with these false accusations, trying to make the churches all around the world confused — it's clear to me that Satan is behind this," he continued.

Saeed was imprisoned for more than three years in an Iranian prison. Interrogators in the prison reportedly beat him and pressured him to renounce his faith.

Christians and other religious-liberty groups have been praying and campaigning for his release. President Obama initiated a prisoner swap resulting to Saeed's freedom.

Rep. Robert Pittenger told CBN News that Abedini's private marital struggles that have recently become public shouldn't dismay or discourage people."Do we look at King David as a hero of the faith? He had his own fragility."

Rep. Robert Pittenger is a member of the Congress. He repeatedly called for Saeed's release and has worked closely with Nagmeh to push for Saeed's freedom.

"They will work through this; I pray and hope. He's back at home back in Idaho with his kids. And I know she loves him. She went all over this country," Pittenger said.

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