Should Christians Carry Concealed Weapons? – Moody Radio Debate


Jeff Tobler, editor of ChristianCCW (CCCW) and host of Eternal Promises Radio Show, was asked to debate Benjamin Corey on Julie Roys’ “Up for Debate” radio show. Julie does a wonderful job of moderating this difficult subject!

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Should Christians Carry Concealed Weapons?

Should Christians carry a gun – or does doing so violate Christ’s command to turn the other cheek?  This Saturday on Up for Debate, Julie Roys will discuss this important issue with two leaders on opposite sides of this important issue.  Almost 16-million Americans have a license to carry a handgun.  And with the prevalence of violence and terrorism, many feel arming themselves is necessary.  But others argue that Christians should not resort to violence, but trust God for protection.  Listen on Up For Debate!​


Julie Roys

Julie Roys has become a trusted voice on the Moody Radio Network, earning an audience through her reasoned and biblical discernment of difficult cultural issues.  Since 2012, Julie has been hosting Up For Debate , a show that initially launched on WMBI in Chicago, but now airs on about 150 stations nationwide.  Julie also is a sought-after speaker and blogger and has written articles for WORLD Magazine, Christian Post, Boundless, Good News Magazine, and the Council on Biblical Manhood and Womanhood Family Channel. Julie came to Moody Radio in 2007, after taking a 13-year hiatus from broadcasting to raise her children and serve in youth ministry. Prior to that, Julie worked as a TV news reporter for a CBS affiliate in Indiana and as a news writer for WGN-TV and Fox News in Chicago.  She holds a bachelor’s degree in history from Wheaton College in Wheaton, IL, and a master’s degree in broadcast journalism from Northwestern University in Evanston, IL. Julie and her husband, Neal, live in the Chicago suburbs and have three children.

Jeff Tobler

Jeff Tobler is Editor-In-Chief of Christian Concealed Carry, an online magazine and Christian apologetics resource for Biblical self-defense. Jeff is also founder and president of Eternal Promises, a worldwide non-denominational ministry serving Christ and the church. Jeff has a burning desire to proclaim and teach the many awesome promises of God to save the lost, build-up believers, and establish the Kingdom in the hearts of Christ’s people.

Benjamin Corey

Benjamin L. Corey is an author, speaker, and blogger. He is a two-time graduate of Gordon-Conwell Theological Seminary with graduate degrees in both theology and mission. Ben is the author of Undiluted Rediscovering the Radical Message of Jesus. He is also co-host of That God Show. Ben is also a retired member of the United States Armed Forces who was decorated for service in hostile fire zones, and was a certified expert marksman whose firearm skills were recognized beyond the US military when he was awarded a Bronze Shooter’s Rope from the German army. Ben is married to his wife, Tracy, and they have two daughters, Julissa and Johanna, from Peru.

Up For Debate

Many issues are not debatable within orthodox Christianity—the virgin birth, the veracity of the Scripture, the bodily resurrection of Christ. However, some issues are. For example: Can a Christian join the military and support a war? Should Christians advocate for environmental causes? Is it okay to use in-vitro fertilization? Up For Debate seeks to equip believers to discern these debatable matters by engaging biblically with people holding diverse opinions. Each week, host Julie Roys invites two guests onto the one-hour program to defend opposing views. She also encourages listeners to call in and add their comments and questions. The views expressed on Up For Debate do not always represent those of Moody Bible Institute. However, Moody wholeheartedly affirms the means the show uses to evaluate these views. Like the Bereans mentioned in Acts, Julie and her guests examine the Scriptures, seeking which positions most closely align with God’s Word. By doing so, Up For Debate develops in listeners what British essayist Samuel Johnson termed “expert discernment”—the ability “to tell the good from the bad” and “the genuine from the counterfeit.”


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