Mayor of London Boris Johnson backed the Archbishop of Canterbury's plans to compete payday lenders "out of existence" and said it was an "interesting interpretation of the gospels".
"I think it's a wonderful idea," he told Channel 4 News.
"Wonga is a perfectly legitimate business but there's no doubt their rates are usurious. There are people who find it very, very difficult to repay the loans once they get into trouble.
"He's not turning over the tables of the money lenders, he's bringing in his own money lending tables. It's a very interesting interpretation of the gospels."