In another instance highlighting China’s crackdown on Christianity, a court in Liaoning province has handed down substantial prison sentences to a well-known online Gospel preacher, his wife, and four members of a house church. The charges allege that they were “using superstition to undermine the law” by expressing and sharing their Christian faith, as reported by the Christian Post (CP).
Pastor Kan Xiaoyong, in his 60s, along with his wife Wang, established the Home Discipleship Network, an online preaching platform, in 2018, according to CP. Kan, accused of promoting superstitious “heterodox teaching,” received a 14-year prison sentence from the Ganjingzi District People’s Court in Dalian. Meanwhile, Wang and four house church members, Zhao Qianjiao, Zhang Songai, Chu Xinyu, and Liang Dongzhi, were handed prison terms ranging from three to 10 years.
During the court proceedings, both Kan and Wang provided evidence of alleged torture by the police upon their arrest, a fact not disputed by the prosecution, as per CP.
China’s authoritarian regime views Christianity as a negative Western influence and a threat to its power. The systematic Sinicization program mandates that churches align with government principles and promote Chinese socialist culture to operate legally. Churches complying with these demands are registered as Three-Self Protestant churches, while evangelical churches resisting alignment often face harassment, arrests, and severe restrictions on their religious freedom. Leaders and congregants of such churches frequently face harassment, arrests, and severe restrictions on their religious freedom.
China ranks among the top 50 countries where Christians face persecution. Recently, we have also highlighted that the Chinese government is creating its own Bible by extracting certain theological parts from the Bible. Moreover, they are compelling churches to implement the ideology set by the Communist rule.