Pastor Peter S. Ruckman passed away on April 21, 2016 at 94 years of age.
He was a great man of God with a very special ministry fighting against the final apostasy of the end of the Church Age. His work influenced many, many people, including me. I am so grateful for everything I learned from him.
Despite mastering the study of Greek and Hebrew and Theology he turned against the system of Christian higher education that was churning out Bible-rejecting infidels. Dr Ruckman saw through the fraud of their system – claiming that they were teaching people to know God’s words better by learning Greek and Hebrew when in reality they were teaching students relativism and agnosticism. Dr Ruckman poured scorn on the stupidity of the arrogant scholars and he praised the wisdom of the ordinary Bible believer. They deeply resent him for this “betrayal”.
Ruckman preached that God by the Holy Ghost in 1611 had already translated into English words the correct Bible text for us to hold and believe – the King James Bible.
Dr Ruckman’s unshakable belief in the words of that Book as written was rewarded with tremendous insights into its meaning – like rocks of placer gold that he simply picked up with his hand which so many scholars before him had missed by digging down into the endless study of dead languages and chasing the phantoms of missing originals.
I’d call Ruckman a sage – he had vast amounts of true wisdom that he never ceased to pour forth.
I don’t say he was perfect, of course, but he set an example in Bible study, evangelism, teaching, pastoring, administration, writing, and contending for the truth that far surpass anybody else that I have ever been aware of.
I’d say that some of the aggressiveness in his presentation was for show – as he often admitted. But he was mistakenly judged as bitter, rash, angry, and prejudiced by those that hadn’t met him in person or refused to give him allowance considering all the circumstances of his life and ministry. Love covers a multitude of sins – and Dr Ruckman had a weeping love over the lost and a jealous love for the words of “that blessèd Book” – the Authorized Version.
One day I will meet him in glory and ask him about his disappointment at missing the rapture, but aside from that, I believe he is rejoicing now with a great reward and having no regrets for having spent his life in faithful Christian service.
“Who is as the wise man? and who knoweth the interpretation of a thing? a man’s wisdom maketh his face to shine, and the boldness of his face shall be changed.” Ecclesiastes 8:1