(Tea Party 247) – A Christian priest has been sentenced to prison for nine years after the religious leader called the Chinese Communist Party “morally incompatible with the Christian faith.”
46-year-old Pastor Wang Yi (pictured above), leader of the Protestant Early Rain Covenant Church in Chengdu, China, was sentenced for indictment of subversion of state power and for illegal business operations, the Wall Street Journal reported.
These are common charges against religious leaders or those who challenge the Communist government in China, WSJ notes.
In a 2018 essay entitled “Meditations on the Religious War,” Wang wrote that the ideology of the Chinese Communist Party is “morally incompatible with the Christian faith and with all those who uphold freedom of the mind and thought.”
It certainly seems like no coincidence that Wang’s church was also one of the most politically active churches in the nation for years, and also held a service every year to commemorate the 1989 massacre at Tiananmen Square.
The Chinese government strictly prohibits observation of the massacre.
Wang’s church was closed last year, when the government launched a crackdown on religious sites of worship.
On Monday morning, Early Rain Covenant Church released a statement which is not dated but is phrased as though it is from before Want’s trial.
“Regardless of what crime the government charges me with … it is merely a lie and temptation of demons,” Wang wrote, according to the WSJ. “I categorically deny it. I will serve my sentence, but I will not serve the law.”
Newswars notes that:
News of Wang’s sentence comes after 403 pages of leaked documents obtained by The New York Times showing that top Chinese officials’ demands led to the creation of mass indoctrination camps of groups like Uyghurs Muslims and Kazakhs. The secretive camps originated at the demands of officials including Chinese President Xi Jinping.
Remember, this is the government that the left would have us believe is perfectly entitled to rob our economy dry and should be treated with the utmost respect and prostration by the Trump administration.