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DOCTOR PETER S RUCKMAN
This article was posted before Dr. Ruckman went on to be with the Lord. I have left it up in the journal for the purpose of setting some issues about the man at rest if possible. Ruckman had many enemies, but, for the most part, he had the right kind of enemies. Do you?
Dr. Peter S. Ruckman
This man is getting old, and the fire is burning low. He should not be pounded anymore. There are links below if you really need to deal with him. His troops can mess up your church bad, or they can be a big blessing. Pick Ruckmanites very carefully. The ones to avoid are the ones who did not finish at Pensacola Bible Institute. They are often fired up with Ruckman's worst traits, but they never caught on to, or approved of, his tender side. Right, it is there, but you have to hang around to graduate to pick up on it.
There are also little groups of middle aged gripers who abandon the local church and meet every Sunday to smoke and listen to Ruckman's tapes. This can be seen as Ruckman drawing the worst sorts to him, or you can see it as a lot better than the old geezers meeting to watch a porn video. Most things have two perspectives if you think about it.
Also, all schools have their traitors who receive the teaching, graduate, and go on to backslide or go over to the enemy. It is not fair to blame Ruckman for these Judas boys who once attended PBI. Nor should Ruckman answer for some of the literal Martians and Art Bell types who have spent time in Pensacola and claim Ruckman as their guru. A lot of crazy stuff is coming to be hidden behind the KJV Only smoke screen. In fact, I fully expect the Catholic Church to have a KJV branch one of these days. Why not, the Mormons use the KJV and manage to twist it out of context to send their groupies to hell.
What about Dr. Ruckman's divorce and remarriage? His two early marriages, which ended in divorce, have been finally "put asunder" by the ladies when they married another man, but he should not have remarried. He too has added the "put asunder" principle to the thing, and God said no one is to put asunder any marriage.
Whatever we decide about divorce and remarriage, I Timothy 3 makes it very clear that Dr. Ruckman should not be a pastor or deacon. Does that mean that God is forbidden to bless Dr. Ruckman with a measure of blessing? Question Two: Did God use David and Jehu in spite of their sins? David confessed, right. But, Jehu didn't kill the queers, God made a point of it in the Word, and God also said that Jehu's heart was like His heart.
Dr. Ruckman is old, I am getting there, and I recall with shame some very foolish things I have done. In repentance I confessed them, and God forgave me and still uses me. That says a lot about God and a lot about me. How is it possible that God can make a way to use such a wicked varmint like me? Maybe Dr. Ruckman looks different to God than I think he does. Maybe the Blood of Jesus Christ is working in Pensacola after all. Maybe we need to lay off the man so he can have some rest before he steps into the Glory. Maybe we need to look harder for the adversary in the Vatican, Dallas Seminary, Biola College, and our own church house.
The legacy Dr; Ruckman leaves behind is largely in his writings. Bible mutilators, and scholars who like to exalt their snob positions, virtually hated Dr. Ruckman. This was because he had an unmatched mastery of the history of the Greek text of the New Testament, and he could run circles around them in combat in defense of the Authorized King James Bible. But, there was a lot more to Dr. Ruckman's message and writings than defense of the Bible. He had a down to earth way of taking the deep things of the Word of God and making them plain and clear to sincere seekers. I am listing a few of his best known works below:
There are many stories about Dr. Ruckman's softer side which seldom are told. Here is one.
There was a student at Pennsacola Bible Institute who was well like by everyone. He studied hard, and he was eager to preach the Gospel and serve others. But, he was not employed, and he was very poor. Another student found out that this student was living totally on rice and beans. He was staying healthy, but it bothered his friends. Dr. Ruckman heard about this, and he went to work. He asked for volunteers to go fishing for mullet for the student to eat in the shallows of Pennsacola in the ocean. Several student men joined him, and one was a friend of ours. He said Dr. Ruckman lead them into the shallow water, and after they were well away from shore, Dr. Ruckman said, "Shuffle your feet through the mud instead of taking steps. If you run onto a sting ray, your foot will come up under him, and he will swim away instead of strike you." They caught a mess of mullet, and the hungry student started eating a lot better. Maybe this is the sort of thing God liked about Dr. Ruckman in spite of some of his faults.
Dr. Ruckman has been called "God's junk yard dog." This is because Ruckman can be extremely rough on Bible mutilators who defend the mongrel modern English Bible translations. Dr. Ruckman had a rough up bringing, and that may explain why he was up to doing battle with some of the most hateful Bible mutilators on the world. Here is Dr. Ruckman giving his life testimony.