Most who have read even a small sampling of Peter Ruckman’s literature do not need convincing that Ruckman’s language can often be outrageous and unbecoming of someone who considers himself to be born again, let alone a pastor who trains future preachers. However, depending on the sampling one has been exposed to, some could think it consists of harmless tongue-in-cheek quips or merely borderline statements that do not quite qualify as ungodly and therefore to be avoided at all costs.
Referring to Ruckman’s language as vicious (as in the title of this article) is no exaggeration, as he himself has used the term “our vicious language” (documented below). Not only does Ruckman admit to using strong language, he seems proud of it as revealed in the following quote:
I goad them. I irritate them. I throw rocks at them. I upset and antagonize them. I ridicule them, and then I fill their hides with buckshot.
Ruckman did not always desire to be so controversial
Ruckman did not start off being so controversial. If he had, not so many doors would have been opened to him in his early ministry. We did find some provocative statements from his early years, but it did not seem to be as frequent. The following quotes demonstrate that he did not intend to end up where he did:
Pray for them. They will be judged at the Judgment Seat of Christ…we can pray for them, but imitate them we cannot.
We shall study and write with a humble spirit.
“Personalities” are out of the question. Muckraking on personal issues is a word for “old wives” and effeminate gossips. God’s time, God’s money, and God’s paper are too valuable to waste with gibberish.
In spite of the above assurances, the exact opposite took place. Do his writings at times stoop down to the level of filth and cursing? What follows is not suitable for all readers. Read on and see for yourself:
Cursing and allusions to filthy talk and sexual innuendos in his writings
…tell them to put their Greek Testaments you-know-where.
Run along and play with yourself.
What in Hort happened to …
Kiss my grits, you vacillating fakirs.
…caught with “their pants down”
Kiss my grits…screwed up as YOU are!
…got the Colic, and had to have someone change his diapers.
Like h*** they did.
…is just as guilty as h*** of taking this position.
Jerome’s poor old New ASV…pretend that it is worth “a fiddler’s b****.”
who the H*** is that
…as false as h***…
To h*** with…
…guilty as h***.
To h*** with your…
Make an a** out of himself.
Ruckman often goes on verbal tirades against individuals he disagrees with:
…you poor thumb-sucking infant!
Torrey, you old reprobate!
An emotionally disturbed child in the case of…
Scumner…fit to serve only as a Fundamentalist “bed pan,” and that is his service at this writing.
…He is a filthy, little muckraker.
…would kill his own mother for fifteen cents.
…one of the most deceived and unfaithful professing Christians that ever “pimped” for the Whore on 7 hills.
When he offered me his hand I told him “Run on, Ross. YOU ITCH!”
Ruckman has the audacity to complain when he perceives others to be engaged in calling names
Incredibly, Ruckman feels he is qualified to rebuke others for doing exactly what he is known for (but surely on a much-lower scale than Ruckman). In his Commentary on the Books of Galatians, Ephesians, Philipians, Colossians, Ruckman suggests that “Christians who spend all their time arguing and fighting each other only destroy their own testimonies.” (p. 155) Ruckman goes on to complain that, “Most Fundamentalists major in speaking the truth without love…” (p. 280) Maybe so. But is he not possibly the worst example? A few pages later, Ruckman warns that “The Holy Spirit is grieved with foolish talking and…exaggerating…” (p. 291) We agree. Ruckman should heed his own advice. On the next page of his commentary, he dedicates almost half a page to lecturing others on not being cruel, angry, retaliating, etc. (p. 292) Then a few pages later, “There are conversations that are composed of nothing but nasty, stupid, silly, flippant remarks and they edify no one.” (p. 298) It would almost seem that Ruckman is describing his own writings, or those that would come from his bitter pen in future years.
What Ruckman just wrote cannot be reconciled with the following quote in which he claims God called him to do what others are not allowed to do: “God called me to sit at this typewriter and pour forth vinegar, acid, vitriol, and cleaning fluid on the leading Conservative and Fundamental scholars of 1880 through 1990.” God cannot condemn a practice and then call someone to do it. Yet Ruckman continues to put the blame on God:
My “pad” is littered with pieces of torn cloth and flesh. That is how God wanted it done. I had nothing to do with it. I put the entire blame on my master. He was fed up with educated a**es messing with His book. So He raised Him up a junkyard dog to take care of it.
Hey, sonny! Your diapers need changing…We eat sticks like you for breakfast.
But if they come over (or under) the fence, BITE ‘em. Bite ‘em good. Draw blood (Jer. 48:10) when you bite. Let ‘em holler and scream and kick, throw rocks, beat you with batons, and curse you, but just keep bitin’ ‘em. Puncture ‘em just like you would an inner tube.
If I had a conference tonight with the faculties of…Bob Jones, and Tennessee Temple and Crown College and Liberty Baptist University and Pensacola Christian College…all in one room, if I spit on them one time, I’d drown the whole bunch!
Ruckman in denial about his tough language and name-calling
I have never been too “hard” on this kind of people.
…if you are so righteous that you cannot tolerate anyone’s opinion, but your own…
Christians at each other’s throats…
A neat little faked-up rig designed to exalt himself as orthodox and condemn all of his opponents as heretical.
[They] can only fuss, fume, spit, and call names in an effort to discredit the truth.
Skins as thin as tissue paper. They cannot stand criticism or correction, let alone disrespect and ridicule.
Our vicious language… “If I talked like you talk and used the language you use someone would probably take a shot at me.”
Still think Ruckman uses “too harsh language,” do ya? Were you raised in an incubator or on a college campus?
I attack my own books, sermons, letters, tracts, musical performances, and preaching with the same critical eye my worst enemies use. I always appreciate their criticisms.
Having more grace than my Christian enemies, I am able to see the good in their works, whether they see any in mine or not.
We have a great deal more grace than our adversaries have. Many of them are absolutely without a particle of grace.
In the early days of my ministry, before I had learned how to be tactful and diplomatic—I have mellowed with the years!
…when I want to refer to them as “Stu-baby,” (referring to Custer), or “Hot-Dog Hymers” (in referring to Hymers), or “Gary-Poo” (referring to Hudson), I am absolutely within my rights, and am “speaking the truth in love.”
You see, I have a lot more grace when it comes to the brethren than the brethren have toward me. The Lord has been too good to me for me to go around holding a grudge against anyone.
I have been so lenient with the brethren through the years…
I am an easy man with which to get along.
It can be seen at once that we are at least TWICE AS TOLERANT AS THE FACULTY AND STAFF OF BOB JONES, TENNESSEE TEMPLE, OR PACIFIC COAST BIBLE COLLEGE. We are also about three times as tolerant as a large segment of the “King James Only” people. Intolerance hasn’t been one of my sins. I tolerate what most of the brethren would find unpardonable.
Incredibly, Ruckman makes the assertion that he has “a lot more grace when it comes to the brethren than the brethren have toward me.” For Ruckman to confuse negative reactions to his foolish talk and new doctrines as a lack of grace is simply unrealistic. Pro 15:1 warns us that A soft answer turneth away wrath: but grievous words stir up anger. Pro 18:19 A brother offended is harder to be won than a strong city.
It’s hard for me to express in words how shameful Ruckman’s writings can be in light of his claims to be a Christian! And a minister who pastors and trains young preachers no less!
What God says about our speech and conduct
If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, whereof cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself. (1 Tim. 6:3-5)
A fool’s lips enter into contention, and his mouth calleth for strokes. (Pro. 18:6)
By this, men will know that you are my disciples, that you love one another. (Jn. 13:35)
For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself. But if ye bite and devour one another, take heed that ye be not consumed one of another. This I say then, Walk in the Spirit, and ye shall not fulfil the lust of the flesh. (Gal 5:14-16)
To speak evil of no man, to be no brawlers, but gentle, shewing all meekness unto all men. (Tit. 3:2)
Let no corrupt communication proceed out of your mouth, but that which is good to the use of edifying, that it may minister grace unto the hearers. (Eph 4:29)
And the servant of the Lord must not strive; but be gentle unto all men, apt to teach, patient, In meekness instructing those that oppose themselves; if God peradventure will give them repentance to the acknowledging of the truth; (2 Tim. 2:24-25)
Some justify reading after Ruckman with the “when you eat chicken you throw out the bones” analogy, meaning that they read for what they can find of value and throw out the rest. However, it’s not wise to wade through so much name calling garbage and bitter criticism in an attempt to find something of perceived value when there are Spirit-filled writers out there, and we can go to the Bible itself. The above quoted Biblical passages demonstrate that Ruckman is in open disobedience to the teachings of the Word of God with his vile language. Even if his doctrine was sound, Ruckman is more guilty of violating Titus 2:8 than any other religious writer I’m familiar with: Sound speech, that cannot be condemned; that he that is of the contrary part may be ashamed, having no evil thing to say of you.
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 Manuscript Evidence, 1970, p. 156
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