There are no checks on the power of the Chinese government within China, and that government is determined to destroy Christianity. This audio Bible players case is yet another indication of that. The Chinese government continues to act against practically any and all expressions of the Christian faith, as well as against Christians themselves.

The Chinese government is attempting to create a form of Christianity with “Chinese characteristics,” that is a Christianity that is a tool to reinforce the all-encompassing power of the state. This is a matter of grave concern also for all the Christians of the country, including the tiny community of Orthodox Christians. The Orthodox churches in China could be closed at any time at the whim of local officials, and Orthodox Christians taken into custody.

China offers yet another instance of the persecution of Christians by governing officials that is unfortunately on the increase not only in China, but in all too many other nations around the world.

For previous coverage of the persecution of Christians in China, see here.

“Four Christians Sentenced for Selling Audio Bible Players,” by Anthony Li, China Christian Daily, August 2, 2021:

Four Christians were sentenced to years for selling audio Bible players after the recent trial last December.

On July 16, the Bao’an District Court of Shenzhen, Guangdong Province, convicted four Christian employees of Shenzhen’s “Tree of Life Technology Co., Ltd” of “committing illegal business operations”.

Born in Guangxi in 1978, Fu Xuanjuan, the legal representative of the company which sold electronic Bible players that are popular among elderly rural Christians with weak vision, was said to be sentenced to six years with a fine of 200,000 yuan, according to an unidentified source.

Deng Tianyong, who was responsible for auditing and managing audio Bible content, serves a term of three years in prison with a penalty of 50,000 yuan.

Feng Qunhao, a technician whose work included copying and burning the Bible-related videos and after-sales maintenance, was sentenced to two-and-a-half years with a 30,000 yuan fine.

Han Li, a receptionist and finance employee also in charge of the company’s packaging and transportation affairs, faced up to one year and three months in jail, fined 10,000 yuan….