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.”