China Restricts Digital Bibles and Online Bible Sales
In recent years, the Chinese government has increasingly restricted the manufacture and sale of digital Bible products.
Lai Jinqiang’s business once produced and sold the most audio Bible players in China. But in 2018, he was arrested and charged with “unlawful business operation.” He and four other Christians were convicted on similar charges in 2021, receiving prison sentences ranging from 15 months to six years and fines ranging from $1,500 to $31,000.
In addition, authorities arrested the owner of an online Christian bookstore and launched an extensive investigation into everyone who had purchased from the store. Government officials confiscated books and interrogated Christians who had done nothing more than shop at an online Christian book retailer. The Christian book retailer was sentenced to seven years in prison and fined $200,000, and authorities destroyed 12,864 confiscated books.
As persecution against Christians increases throughout China, our brothers and sisters continue to follow Christ in faithful obedience. We can provide encouragement and hope by praying for them and helping provide for their needs.