There are many against Ruckmanism who believe such teaching is losing ground and fading fast, therefore it can safely be ignored. There is no doubt that it has fallen into disrepute, but we at Ruckmanism.org believe there is a danger in believing that Ruckmanism will simply go away if it is ignored. One area of concern is how Ruckmanite missionaries (sometimes supported in part by unsuspecting non-Ruckmanite churches) are exporting Ruckman's doctrines by establishing Bible institutes that utilize his textboooks, and are actively translating his literature. The following images tell the story:
Praise God His truth is getting out into all those other languages. I’ve read those books–BIBLICAL TO THE CORE. I’ve also read the OT 25 times and the NT 200 times, AND THOSE BOOKS HONOR THE RISEN SAVIOUR–THE LORD JESUS CHRIST.
You can say that Ruckman’s books honor God all day long, but Ruckman’s writings speak for themselves. Does this statement by the man you follow honor Christ?
…the Holy Bible, reveals that it is “hate literature” par excellent. (Ruckman, Peter. God is Love. 1998, p. 61)
Or how about this:
Advocates of birth control will notice that the destruction of a child in the fetal or embryonic stage is NOT counted as Murder in spite of the literature published between 1960 and 1970 by overzealous Kingdom builders who habitually ignore the authority of scriptures when dealing with personal and emotional issues. (Ruckman, Peter. The Book of Exodus. 1976, p. 398)
No one is blinder than he who refuses to see. Quit following man and look to Christ–He will never fail you.
Being from Europe, the Ruckman church I attended was one of the Ruckmanite missionary churches, with the leadership positions filled by PBI graduates. I can assure readers, if it is needed, that Ruckmanism is still going very strong.
A peculiarity (in my opinion), if I may point it out: It was the usual practice once a week to have Bible study, which comprised of watching a Dr. Ruckman sermon on DVD.
Any other church I can think of (and denomination) do a Bible study on the Bible, not a Bible study on (or with) Dr. Ruckman. Such a practice, from what I can tell, is more common in cult-like (or cultic) organisations.
I am not so convinced that Ruckmanism itself is a cult, but I am sure that it has cult-like tendencies.
As a further addendum – the Ruckmanism claim that the KV is the verbally inspired word of God is in my experience, an extension of cult-like tendencies. The reason for this, is when only one Bible version is viewed as inspired, the direct extension from that is that it is also included in Jude 3:3c, ‘..earnestly contend for the faith which was once delivered unto the saints.” The KJV bible then becomes on a par with the essentials of the faith, such as who Jesus is, His sacrifice on the cross, salvation by grace through faith (see, also, Titus 1:13).
As the KJV then forms part of ‘the faith’, then by extension doctrines derived from the KJV (superior inspiration) also become part of ‘the faith’. So anything where you do not agree with me, or I do not agree with you (etc), becomes a point of extreme contention. Eph 4:2 becomes all but abandoned.
Of course, to solve all this, we need someone who has the definitive answer to the definitive doctrines: In this instance we have, from my experience the (personality) leader stepping forward: Dr. Peter Ruckman.
And so, if I may give my conclusion from reading and direct experience, a cult, or, cult-like tendencies (or indeed, a personality cult) is born, in ‘Ruckmanism’.
Out of curiosity, were the ruckman missionaries trying to see people saved or doing any gospel outreach?
It’s not so much a question of ‘were the ruckman missionaries trying to see people saved or doing any gospel outreach’, as this tends to a part of the purpose of any missionary outreach (and indeed just many Christians in general), but there is also I think a part of the great commission to be considered, Matt 28:20a, ‘teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you:’
A missionary should also hopefully look to teach the person doctrine and such. Therein I feel that something has to be exposed, in terms of Ruckmanism, especially (but not just for) a newly born babe in Christ.
Without going too off tangent, if the webmaster thinks it is relevant, I think it might be appropriate for me to add one more comment on this conversation, then perhaps that would hopefully be sufficient.
I personally, have no concerns as such with slight differences between denominations, for instance, some practice infant baptism, others do not (I have my opinions on this, but I personally wouldn’t like to ‘fall out’ with a brother in Christ over such a subject).
Apart from the bizarre teachings of Ruckman (such as the infamous 10ft tall anti-christ with big black lips), a huge danger with Ruckmanism is the lack of Christian grace. To disciple a Christian in such a way as to lead them to think that it’s OK to behave like an unsaved thug – and not just in words, but I personally have witnessed thuggish behavior in deed also, is to me, what makes Ruckmanism an incredibly dangerous form of doctrine.
“This know also, that in the last days perilous times shall come … Without natural affection, trucebreakers, false accusers, incontinent, fierce, despisers of those that are good” (2 Tim 3:1-3),
“Ever learning, and never able to come to the knowledge of the truth.” (2 Tim 3:7) – Think about ‘advanced scripture revelation’ whilst not even coming to the truth of how a Christian should think, feel and behave.
Have a good day.