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John Piper Speaks Out Against Jerry Falwell's Call for Liberty Students to Carry Guns

  • Carrie Dedrick Religious persecution, missions, Christianity around the world
  • 2015 Dec 23

Desiring God founder John Piper has responded in disagreement to Liberty University President Jerry Falwell Jr.’s invitation for students to carry guns on campus. 

Relevant Magazine reports Falwell announced that students would be permitted to carry concealed firearms on Liberty’s campus after a terrorist attack in San Bernardino killed 14 people. 

Falwell said in the announcement, "I always thought that if more good people had concealed-carry permits, then we could end those Muslims before they walk in and kill. Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here.”

Piper has now responded to Falwell’s decision after personally speaking to the university president. 

He wrote, “If we teach our students that they should carry guns, and then challenge them, ‘Let’s teach them a lesson if they ever show up here,’ do we really think that when the opportunity to lay down their lives comes, they will do what Jim Elliott and his friends did in Ecuador, and refuse to fire their pistols at their killers, while the spears plunged through their chests?”

Piper’s full response can be read on his blog

Publication date: December 23, 2015