During rare moments of introspection, Ruckman sometimes admits what could not be denied. We provide these quotes here because many Ruckman defenders will adamantly deny what Ruckman has actually admitted to in print.
Ruckman admits that he is one of the crudest people you will ever meet and that he is no example
I know I am no example. I’m one of the crudest fellows you ever met in your life. They have been trying to refine me for forty years, and I am worse now than I was ten years ago.
Ruckman, Peter. The White Throne Judgment. 1980 (1999 reprint), Pensacola: Bible Baptist Bookstore, p. 18
Ruckman admits that he is sometimes too vulgar
If I have had one fault, it has been in being too much to the point, too direct, too thorough, too concentrated, too vulgar, and too specific in making charges.
Ruckman, Peter. Bible Believers' Bulletin. Jan. 2010, p. 12
Ruckman admits that at times his language is downright crude and vicious
To do this I used the simplest, plainest language possible (downright crude and vicious at times) in the “street Koine” of the late twentieth century.
Ruckman, Peter. The Full Cup, 1998, p. 266
Ruckman admits to using harsh and sarcastic language
If I have used harsh and sarcastic language in dealing with them on these matters (and I certainly have), I make no apology to anyone, and I will continue to turn a deaf ear toward every suggestion from every corner [including the Bible?!] to “reform” my ways.
Ruckman, Peter. Twenty-Two Years of the Bible Believers’ Bulletin Vol. 8 Essays on Bible Topics. 2010, p. 187
Ruckman admits to having a streak of meanness
…I have a sort of ingrained streak of meanness which eventually the Lord will purge out.
Ruckman, Peter. Twenty-Two Years of the Bible Believers’ Bulletin Vol. 8 Essays on Bible Topics. 2010, p. 64
Ruckman admits that his second wife (out of three) had been the young wife of one of his former students
See details in Ruckman's auto-biography The Full Cup, 1998, p. 273
Ruckman admits he doesn't know where the Word of God was before 1611
Ruckman admits to abnormal behaviors
I used to live with some of the students who went to PBI. When we got home from one of those fellowships, I would go over to the cabinet below the sink and say, "And now a testimony from Bro. So-and-so!" and then I would kick all the pots and pans out of the cabinet and send them clanging and banging to the floor. That is just the way his crying struck me.
Ruckman, Peter. The Books of First and Second Corinthians. 2002, p. 268
One photo has me, barefooted, lying on a pile of dead mullet (about 300 of them) in my backyard with one dead mullet between my teeth like Black Beard would carry a dagger. Another one shows me barefooted, seated at a piano, playing the piano with my toes, while wearing a woman's wig. I get a kick out of sending that kind of stuff to self-conceited, deceived, lying apostates like…
Ruckman, Peter. Battlefield Notes, p. 159
[Attitude when he attended a Fundamentalist conference] I would make a contribution occasionally by opening my upper shirt pocket with my fingers and then pretend it was a “barf bag” on a plane. After simulating a good “puke” I would “pat” the shirt pocket shut.
Ruckman, Peter. The Books of Ezra, Nehemiah, Esther. 2004, p. 251
Ruckman admits to having some involvement in hundreds of church splits
Those four messages [by Ruckman] were enough to split three national fellowships, more than fifty colleges and universities, and several hundred local churches.
Ruckman, Peter. Ruckman’s Battlefield Notes. p. 45
At one time, I had a list of fourteen Baptist churches in the Pensacola area that had split off the Brent Baptist Church where I used to pastor.
Ruckman, Peter. The Books of the General Epistles. Vol. 1. 2005, p. 170
Ruckman admits he has a bad reputation with many
Many suppose that my calling was writing hate literature, attacking the brethren, “calling them names,” and “downing everyone” who “disagreed with me.”
Ruckman, Peter. How to teach the Bible. 2000 reprint, p. vi
Ruckman's admissions lead to a logical Biblical conclusion
According to 1 Pet. 5:3, pastors are to be "ensamples to the flock." Ruckman's caustic writings and unscriptural beliefs reveal that he does not meet the qualifications of 1 Tim. 3 and Titus 1. Among the Scriptural qualifications for a pastor are the following:
- A bishop must be blameless (1 Tim. 3:2)
- No striker (1 Tim. 3:3)
- Not a brawler (1 Tim. 3:3)
- He must have a good report of them which are without (1 Tim. 3:7)
- Not soon angry (Titus 1:7)
May God help us to keep our eyes on the Lord (Heb. 12:2), as He will never fail us.