Who is publicly defending Peter Ruckman? There are many who intentionally or unintentionally defend Ruckman by their silence. Some will write books hundreds of pages long for the noble cause of upholding the KJV, and yet fail to warn even once in their extensive writings about watching out for Ruckman's extremes on the issue. On the other hand, others promote his writings or specifically defend him. We have identified three prominent authors of the KJV only movement who unfortunately in one way or another are defending or clearly promoting Peter Ruckman's views in their writings:
Mrs. Riplinger's writings may not mention Ruckman by name, but her regard for some of his extreme views are clearly evident. Notice this example:
A fog of emotional steam, that carries no substance, precedes comments such as, "I don't believe the KJV corrects 'the original Greek’ or 'I don't believe the KJV corrects the 'Majority Text' or the 'Textus Receptus.' … There existed a true original Greek (i.e. Majority Text, Textus Receptus). It is not in print and never will be, because it is unnecessary. No one on the planet speaks first century Koine Greek, so God is finished with it. (Riplinger, Gail. In Awe of Thy Word. Ararat, VA: AV Publications, 2003, p. 956)
As quoted, Mrs. Riplinger is teaching one of the most controversial views Ruckman is known for, namely that "the KJV corrects the Greek."
In her most recent writings Mrs. Riplinger promotes translating foreign Bibles straight from the KJV:
English-speaking translators today can simply use the pure preserved King James Bible when translating the Bible into other languages. Lexicons are not an option. (Ibid., p. 990)
This is very similar to Ruckman's position, which we quote here:
Any translation on the mission field can be safely judged by a King James Authorized Version, and where it refuses to stick to the text the text can be altered safely to match the King James’ reading. (Ruckman, Peter. The Monarch of the Books, 1973, p. 29)
The only LIVING BIBLE on earth today is the AV (1611), or translations made from it. (Ibid., p. 29)
Her derogatory views concerning Greek and Hebrew lexicons are not new. Notice this Ruckman quote years before she wrote her first book on Bible versions:
Do you see how often the infallible English can straighten out the Greek lexicon? (Ruckman, Peter. The Book of Hebrews. 1986, p. 1)
Also it should be mentioned that Mrs. Riplinger's official website sells several books written by Ruckman, not to mention authors Sam Gipp and Bill Grady who are even more open in defending Ruckman.
Sam Gipp is a graduate of Ruckman's Bible institute, and a few years ago Sam Gipp's website contained an announcement that he had been awarded an honorary doctorate by Ruckman's Bible institute (see photo on right of Gipp accepting doctorate from Ruckman).
According to documentation in the book Foes of the King James Bible Refuted by D.A. Waite, when asked, Sam Gipp stated that for a Russian to have the truth of the Word of God he would have to learn English.
Sam Gipp's The Answer Book contains several sections in which he openly defends Peter Ruckman.
Bill (William) Grady
In a sermon on his website entitled Seven Signs of Pseudo King James Onlyism (since removed but available on Youtube) Grady does not hesitate to mention how he was influenced by Ruckman's writings. He mentions that Ruckman advised him not to mention him by name in his book Final Authority so it wouldn't get rejected. Now however, Bill Grady is so firmly in Ruckman's camp that he does not hesitate to elevate Ruckman in his sermons as is evidenced by the video on his website. Dr. Grady mentions in the introduction to the video that he was turned down further preaching opportunities at the church that sponsors the Bible college after preaching his controversial sermon. He seemed to take delight in this, considering this "rejection" a badge of honor. As demonstrated in announcements in The Bible Believers' Bulletin, in recent years Dr. Grady has preached in conferences in Ruckman's church. In his How to honor Dr. Ruckman’s Legacy "sermon," at the 2 hours 15 minute mark, Bill Grady affirms, “I have gained from the Ruckman position. He is my hero. He always will be. And I love his memory, because he changed my entire life.” https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=o-fkxrwvuUY