China sentences ‘unauthorized’ Christian pastor to 9 years in prison

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China sentences ‘unauthorized’ Christian pastor to 9 years in prison

Calvin Freiburger January 2, 2019 ( LifeSiteNews) – The Protestant Christian pastor leading one of China’s largest underground churches has been sentenced to nine years in prison for operating outside the government’s narrow boundaries of permissible religious practice as part of a broader crackdown on Christianity by the Communist regime.

China: Imprisoned Church Pastor ‘Brainwashed by Western Values’

27 Frances Martel China’s state-run Global Times newspaper condemned Western human rights defenders Thursday for standing up against the sentencing of Pastor Wang Yi over founding the Early Rain Covenant Church without Communist Party consent. Possessing religious faith without the approval of the Party, or practicing any religion not run by the Party, is a crime in China.