As a visitor to this website, you are likely to be acquainted with Ruckman’s poisonous pen. An example of his treatment of other Christians he disagrees with can be observed in the following statement: “Pray for them, make fun of them, thumb your nose at them, and go about your way.” (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. Feb. 2002, p. 16) How does Ruckman attempt to justify this in light of hundreds of admonitions in the Scriptures to love one another, be kind, and demonstrate grace? We partly addressed this in an article entitled Ruckman’s attempt to vindicate his name-calling with Scripture.
Since writing the above article, we came across another of his feeble attempts to continue to justify his rants against the brethren in spite of Biblical instruction to the contrary. It is worded as follows:
The Scriptural answer to this peculiar enigma lies in the simple fact that instructions given to a Christian to love someone or to be meek in dealing with someone or to be gentle in deportment are speaking of personal dealings with individuals in a one-on-one basis. Go back and check the references; (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. Oct. 1997, p. 9)
Since Ruckman instructed his readers to “go back and check the references,” we did. The only one that came remotely close to what Ruckman is claiming was 2 Cor. 10:1:
“Now I Paul myself beseech you by the meekness and gentleness of Christ, who in presence am base among you, but being absent am bold toward you:”
Ruckman did not quote the verse or attempt to expound on it. Apparently Ruckman sees this as a case in which Paul was humble when present in person, but was bold or rough when directing himself to them in his epistles. Considering the context, which includes the next verse, it seems that Paul was making reference to an accusation or making a passing reference as to how he was perceived. Regardless, it is at most an anecdote, and not a commandment. It also does not invalidate the hundreds of admonitions elsewhere in the Scriptures to love one another, be kind, tenderhearted, and demonstrate grace (with no exceptions for public situations).
There are numerous verses that make it clear that we are to love all the brethren, not just the ones we have dealings with, and the commandment is not restricted to one-on-one private interactions. 1 Thes. 3:12 “And the Lord make you to increase and abound in love one toward another, and toward all men, even as we do toward you.” This verse makes it clear that we are not only to abound in our love toward one another, but also toward “all men.” Col 4:6 “Let your speech be alway with grace, seasoned with salt, that ye may know how ye ought to answer every man.” The key words “always” and “every” in this verse makes it clear that it is not restricted to personal interactions. Eph 5:2 “And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.” Ephesians 5:2 makes it clear that loving one another is part of our daily walk. It also instructs us to walk in love as Christ also loved us. How we treat others in public settings directly affect our Christian testimony. Rom. 12:9 instructs us “Let love be without dissimulation.” In 1 Pet. 1:22 it emphasizes having an “unfeigned love of the brethren.” Acting lovingly towards a brother in private, yet making fun of them and ridiculing them in public would not be a case of following the Biblical admonition of loving without dissimulation” or having “unfeigned love of the brethren.”
All this does not mean we cannot speak the truth about someone. The Bible still admonishes us to “reprove and rebuke” (2 Tim. 4:2). This is sometimes necessary to be done publicly when it involves a person of influence who does not correct his public unbiblical actions. However, the Bible makes it plain that we must be “speaking the truth in love” (Eph. 4:15).
There are several references in the Bible of how our love is an outward sign for others, therefore it should be practiced both in private and in public. Take Jn. 13:35, for instance. “By this shall all men know that ye are my disciples, if ye have love one to another.”
How has Ruckman fared in his interaction with others? Observe a few examples from his own writings:
When he offered me his hand I told him “Run on, Ross. YOU ITCH!” (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. May 1992, p. 4)
The above was in a personal interaction, howbeit in a public setting (a debate).
In a personal letter written on his church letterhead (which he made public), Ruckman addressed the person as follows: “Dear Scumbucket,” (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. Oct. 1992, p. 11)
Here are a few more for good measure:
Here is this poor, “non compus mentus” reject, with no one inviting him in for meetings, no church to pastor, not enough money to publish a weekly newspaper, no converts to train for the ministry, and no class to teach the Bible to… (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. Nov. 1991, p. 6)
God hasn’t used Sumner for anything but a garbage can for twenty years. I figure if you enjoy reading a dung sheet like his it must be because you have a heart and a mind full of manure…Some day we will know why Bobbie Scumner split a church, a school, and a family, to increase subscriptions to a gossip sheet that I wouldn’t use to wrap light bulbs in. (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. Jan. 1990, pp. 10, 15)
Being about forty pounds overweight, the author of the tract … has evidently confused “antinomianism” with dieting. (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. July 1980, p. 1)
Claiming that Biblical instructions to love others and be meek and gentle are for personal dealings one-on-one is not validated by the Scriptures. Ruckman’s conduct and claim in this area is in direct disobedience to the plain teaching of the Word of God. Hardly a pamphlet, sermon, article, or chapter of his books exists in which he does not violate the Biblical teaching regarding treating others. This is only one of many reasons why no child of God should read, listen or follow the teachings of this man who openly refuses to submit to and obey basic Biblical rules of conduct.
We will close with a case of Ruckman claiming to be a victim in this very area:
…they complain about my “bitterness” and “vicious tirades” and “acidic” remarks, but really I have been very gentle and tolerant in dealing with them… (Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers’ Bulletin. June 1989, p. 2)
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