ChinaAid, a non-governmental Christian nonprofit, reports that a preacher in China’s Henan province was detained after purchasing Christian books online.

The house church minister is Chen Lijun, who lives in Luoyang, a prefecture-level city of Henan. His wife, Li Xiaoyan, said he was arrested on August 13.

According to an arrest note on August 27, the officials detained the preacher on suspicion of fraud. His wife, Li, sent out a prayer request on October 29. She said officials fined the pastor about $13,900 (100,000 yuan) for the alleged violation. The department in charge is the Luan County Detention Center. 

Currently, Li’s entire family, two sons and two elders in their 70s, is living on her modest monthly income of about $270. 

She said more than 100 members of his church have also been persecuted. 

According to the New York Times, China has outlawed online Bible sales since April 2018. In 2020, a bookstore owner who operates on an e-commerce platform was sentenced to seven years behind bars for selling Christian religious books illegally. The person was also required to pay over $31,000 in fines.

On March 1 this year, Beijing enacted a law banning online religious activities that are not authorized. The law also applies to foreign organizations and individuals.

Many Christians have refused to comply and stay true to their faith.

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