Pentecostal-like mayhem in Ruckmanland

This video is at Peter Ruckman's church, and is purported to be from the 2015 “Bad Attitude Blowout”. What it manifests is outright foolishness that is a disgrace to the cause of Christ, and makes a mockery of Christianity. Why did Ruckman (if he was there) or any of his church leaders not stand up and say “Enough! This has crossed the line!?” How many more books would have to have been thrown around before someone got hurt? What purpose was served in flinging books around? How many unbelievers were present and subjected to this clownish behavior who may have vowed not to become a Christian if this is what they felt it could lead to? It's almost as if Ruckman was describing the behavior seen in this video that took place in his own church when he wrote:

The clowns tumble in by the score until one begins to wonder if there may not be an elephant, a trapeze artist, a stunt driver, or a juggler hidden somewhere in the outfit. (Ruckman, Peter. Why I am not a Charismatic. 1997, p. 9)

Ruckman died the following year, so this may have been the last “Blowout” he presided over. This lunacy reflects poorly on the legacy he left behind.

In all fairness, the video was edited down to the most dramatic 30 seconds, and what is shown took place during a special meeting, not a regular church service. However, the fact that it was allowed to degenerate to the level seen in the video in Ruckman’s church is unconscionable.

No doubt Ruckmanites will accuse their critics of wanting to impose a dead style of formalism in churches. However, we are not advocating the opposite extreme. We are not saying–for example–that waving a Bible or encouraging good preaching or singing with an “amen” as appropriate would be wrong. Church services do not need to have the solemnness of a funeral. There needs to be a balance, but what is revealed in the video is downright clownish behavior that totally disregards 1 Cor. 14:40: “Let all things be done decently and in order.”

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  1. Nate Beck says:

    Umm, I've been in many church services where there was such joy of the Spirit that people couldn't contain their excitement. From what I see in this video, the books are being thrown at an empty pulpit. Maybe they were throwing NIV's lol

    • Nate Beck says:

      But I do agree with 1 Cor. 14:40 wholeheartedly. And I always thought "Bad Attitude Baptist Blowout" was enforcing the opinion that Baptists are grouchy, negative Christians with no joy. Christians are not supposed to have a bad attitude, but are supposed to be full of the fruits of the Spirit, like joy, peace, long-suffering.

  2. Nate Beck says:

    Dear Brother/Webmaster,

    I'm surprised I never thought to ask you this before, but do you believe that Dr. Ruckman was a born again man? I have no doubt myself. Thanks brother.

    • Webmaster says:

      The Bible says that “by their fruits ye shall know them” (Mat. 7:20). What I see is a mixed bag. My focus has been on his writings, and I have not interviewed him or anyone close to him in the process. On one hand, you have a man very rough around the edges who after his profession of faith went on serving God in the midst of many obstacles placed in his path, on the other hand you can see a man consumed by bitterness and pride who alleges he cussed his way through the sinner’s prayer, makes “funny jokes” about the possibility of certain people going to hell, writes about fantasizing how he could drown the faculties of Bible colleges that oppose him by spitting on them just one time, and the list could go on and on, and we haven’t even mentioned his teachings. Was Ruckman a saved man? I have no public opinion. I will leave that up to God.

      At best, you have a man who just wanted to serve God and see souls saved who got caught up in bitterness and pride, at worst you have a man who some say was demon possessed or an agent provocateur. My goal has been to expose the writings and teachings of this man to assist others in reaching their own conclusions, without feeling that they needed to fork out money to Ruckman’s bookstore or spend so much time subjecting themselves to the bitter spirit in his writings in order to get to the crux of what he teaches.

      • Primitive Baptist says:

        I have difficulty calling him regenerate because of his tremendous retention of occultism, such as his thesosis for the note in his Reference Bible on I Corinthians 15.28 called in the occult at-one-ment, extra-planetary trips stolen from EG White, strange doctrines, abortion is not murder… He sounds to me like a theosophist given a free pass rather than a Christian. I rather would like to say all are Christians who profess to be, though the word disallows it toto cælo (Romans 9.6-7; II Cor. 13.5; II Peter 2.1-6). Ruckman reminds me of Simon Magus more than dear Barnabas. At the end of the day, if we did judge him by what he produced, he is found weighed in the proverbial balance & found very wanting of what should be expected of a Christian more than the usual humility we ought to have.

         

        I am terrified of some of the things I have done in my flesh even after profession, yet in repentance have done them no longer. That is altogether void from Ruckman.

  3. Danny Parnell says:

    I am surprised that you have all this time to sneak around and go after everything about Ruckman. One brother slamming the other. Which is worse man throwing his Bible or man setting in a congregation and making fun of the people. Why don't you go into the Pentecostal Churches of this world and expose them. Maybe you our one of them.

  4. Webmaster says:

    No one on this page so far is making fun of people. However, the behavior demonstrated in this "Bad Attitude Blowout" raises some questions which you completely ignored. You should answer the questions instead of trying to change the subject.

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