CHINA: 7-Year Imprisonment given to Christians for selling and purchasing ‘Forbidden Devotional Books’

Purchasing and selling of Christian reading materials could be enough ground to land Christians in jail.

China Aid reported that five Christians, including a pastor, found this out recently when they were sentenced to between three to seven years in prison for purchasing and selling what authorities called “forbidden Christian devotional books.”

Also in Beijing, there has long been cracking down on unregistered churches, pastors of underground congregations, and various Christian minorities, branding them as threats to communist rule in China.

China Aid in its 2016 report on China, said Beijing is determined to force all religions to “surrender to the authority and leadership of the Chinese Community Party.”