China Sentences Pastor for Producing Christian Literature as Anglican Archbishop Closes Tour

(Christian Today) Chinese officials have hosted the Archbishop of Canterbury over the past two weeks while “the seriousness of the restrictions on Christian activity in the country has been highlighted by the sentencing of a disabled pastor for printing Bibles and Christian literature”, report Christian Solidarity Worldwide (CSW).

Pastor Wang Zaiqing, a well known house church pastor from Anhui province, has been sentenced to two years imprisonment and fined 100,000 yuan (£6,700) for producing Bibles and Christian materials. In a now familiar tactic, Pastor Wang was charged with conducting ‘illegal business practices’ even though he gave the literature away and made no profit.

The verdict was announced on 9 October, the same day the Archbishop discussed the need for more pastors and theological training for the Church in China during his visit to Shanghai.