The China Bible exhibition should have been in China, said a Chinese Christian rights activist visiting the United States after meeting with the staff of a persecution monitor organization on Tuesday.
Dr. Li Baiguang was one of three Chinese house church Christians including renowned activist writers Wang Yi and Yu Jie to visit U.S. President George W. Bush earlier this month at the White House in Washington, D.C.
On Tuesday, Li expressed dismay that the Chinas church would choose to hold the exhibition in the United States, though he said that the exhibition was "not necessarily bad."
"I hope they could move this (exhibition) to the big cities in China. If the people can know more about the Bible that is great," Li said.
"If they (the official church) used the money to bring the exhibition to Chinese people, then the result is better," he said, pointing out that there was a need to promote the Bible to the nation of 1.4 billion where "many people have yet to know" the "true meaning" of Christianity.
"I wish the official church would not waste the money, and go to the countryside to spread the gospel and not go to the United States to do this show," Li added.
Under official religious regulations set in place since last year, Christians including those worshipping at government-monitored churches are not allowed to propagate their faith outside of church.
House churches, which refused to register with the Three-Self Patriotic Movement (TSPM) churches, have been known to openly evangelize in defiance of government regulations. Roughly 80 percent of Chinas house church Christians comes from the rural sectors, where beatings and imprisonment of believers have often been reported.
Li, who is scheduled to return to Beijing soon, met with the staff at the Oklahoma headquarters for Voice of the Martyrs, an international Christian-persecution watchdog, Tuesday.
"I feel that Americans are really fortunate to have a nation that honors God. I hope they can pray for us in China," Li said after the conference.
Li added that he would pray for America to "keep their Christian faith well" while avoiding "moral and societal-decadence."
The President of China Aid Association, the Rev. Bob Fu, who organized Lis visit to VOM, said that he would continue praying for the rights activist.
"We would certainly pray for his safe return. He is obviously confident that the Lord would protect him to continue his work in China," said Fu.