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Dr. Peter S. Ruckman past away today.

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Dr. Peter S. Ruckman past away today.
 
Dr. Peter S. Ruckman (November 19, 1921 -April 21, 2016) received his Bachelor of Arts degree from the University of Alabama and finished his formal education with six years of training at Bob Jones University (four full years and two accelerated summer sessions), completing requirements for the Master of Arts and Doctor of Philosophy degree.
 
Reading at a rate of seven hundred words per minute, Dr. Ruckman had managed to read about 6,500 books before receiving his doctorate at an average of a book each day.
 
Dr. Ruckman stands for the absolute authority of the Authorized Version and offers no apology to any recognized scholar anywhere for his stand. In addition to preaching the gospel and teaching the Bible, Dr. Ruckman has produced a comprehensive collection of apologetic and polemic literature and resources supporting the authority of the Authorized Version of the Holy Scriptures.
 
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Thank you for bringing the news of Dr. Ruckman's passing away.

In the arena  of the defense of the Authorized Version, and his knowledge of Biblical manuscripts, and his firm stand for the authority of the scriptures, Dr. Ruckman was used of God in a mighty way.

"For to me to live is Christ, and to die is gain." Philippians 1:21

Bro. Ruckman has laid his armor down, fought his last battle, and, as a bloodied soldier, entered into the presence of the Captain of his Salvation; the Lord Jesus. 

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Well, I hope the fella was saved the bible's way.  He's done much damage to the cause of Christ with his dozens of heresies and false gospels and poor attitude and unscriptural conduct.  It is my hope that his movement fades quickly with his passing.  

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Pretty rough, Swathdiver, being so close to his passing - but I didn't really care for his attitude either.

I know he cared less for some others. Regardless of what I thought about his 'ministry', his love for those who just didn't get his way of thinking was a gravel road of confusion from a man who tried EVERY WAY OF SALVATION until he got to our salvation. He tried them all, but 'settled' for the truth, but slammed those who 'weren't in the know' like he was. I was very disappointed as a young Christian in the late '80's, as I read his "Bulletin" for about 3 years. Very conspiratorial.

Prince and him, same day. 

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15 hours ago, Genevanpreacher said:

Pretty rough, Swathdiver, being so close to his passing - but I didn't really care for his attitude either.

I know he cared less for some others. Regardless of what I thought about his 'ministry', his love for those who just didn't get his way of thinking was a gravel road of confusion from a man who tried EVERY WAY OF SALVATION until he got to our salvation. He tried them all, but 'settled' for the truth, but slammed those who 'weren't in the know' like he was. I was very disappointed as a young Christian in the late '80's, as I read his "Bulletin" for about 3 years. Very conspiratorial.

Prince and him, same day. 

Ruckman went down an odd trail but it would seem there is far more chance of meeting him in heaven than Prince. As usual, every time a "star" dies it seems the masses are busy trying to convince themselves their "star" is in heaven. Not a shred of Bible-based evidence to support such a claim; as is also most often the case, but on and on goes the chatter of how they are now in heaven.

Both deaths should serve as a lesson for everyone that if a person wants to go to heaven they need to be born again in Christ...if they want others in heaven, they need to share the Gospel of salvation...and if we want to leave a clearly Christ-honouring legacy behind, we need to be sure the road we travel is based upon the Word and we are walking in His will.

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"A message from Jack T. Chick about the passing of his
good friend and KJV Bible defender, Dr. Peter S. Ruckman" ~Rick Eme

John 15:13

I am in mourning over the loss of a dear friend. Fox Television cannot stop talking about a supposedly brilliant man formerly known as Prince. But one of the great generals of the 20th and 21st centuries died the same day, and there isn't a peep from the media.

We had many things in common. Both of us were sign painters. Both of us were illustrators. And both of us were saved within a year of each other. We were on two sides of the continent, winning souls in different ways, but with faith in the same God and the same King James Bible. And both of us are hated by the same Christian leaders!

On the other hand, how could I have bonded with a guy with such a high IQ? But God used both of us in our different ways. God used him as a brilliant man, and me as an average cartoonist, both with a heart for the lost.

Right now, I imagine Pete's enemies are happy. Rome is certainly happy. The critics against the King James Bible are happy. But I'm not happy. He was one of a kind.

There are so many former students who have gone out into the mission field, who are grateful for Pete's encouragement and teaching, who are taking risks all over the world because of the investment Pete made in their lives, and the burden for the lost he shared with them. But I am sure they are still heavy-hearted about his leaving them.

You know, Pete always advertised three Chick tracts in every issue of the Bible Believers Bulletin. I never asked for it, but Pete always put them in. He was always encouraging to me, too, selling our tracts and books in his Bible Baptist Bookstore.

Pete has gone on to his reward, and I remain. But I will never forget Dr. Peter S. Ruckman. And no matter your opinion of him, you can't say you didn't know where he stood, for the Lord and for the King James Bible.

Your brother in Christ,

Jack T. Chick

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SOME FINAL WORDS ON DR. RUCKMAN . . . ~ James L. Melton

Over the past few days, many of us have grown contemplative and have taken time to express our gratitude for the righteous warrior who fought so long and valiantly among us and was then called home to glory. If the following words appear too lofty and exaggerated, it is only to those who never knew him, never understood him or his calling, and never had their lives totally transformed by his instruction.

Peter Sturges Ruckman stood as a righteous giant among men and a choice instrument in the hand of God. His enduring devotion to our Lord Jesus Christ through the better part of seven decades saved sinners and strengthened saints by the thousands. In addition to being a beloved patriarch to his family and a faithful pastor to his church, to hungry Bible-believers the world over, Peter S. Ruckman was a Spirit-gifted preacher of God’s word, a theological genius, a master teacher, an accomplished artist, an exhaustive author, a champion of truth and a fearsome warrior.

Dr. Ruckman was put here to be a rock-solid leader for serious Christian soldiers, and we are exceptionally blessed and honored to have been counted worthy to receive his instruction. By the grace and goodness of God, much has been entrusted to us, so much shall be required of us. Doc’s war has ended, but we remain on the battlefield, and the hottest battles lie just ahead. May we renew our commitments to our Saviour, gain a fresh new zeal and vision, and then press onward. Bro. Ruckman fought the good fight and finished his course. By the grace of God, we must do the same.

“Be of good courage, and let us play the men for our people, and for the cities of our God: and the LORD do that which seemeth him good.” (II Sam. 10:12)

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There is a guest book on the funeral home website for people to leave thoughts, stories, memories an condolences about Dr. Ruckman for his family. Please, If you post there be kind as it is for good memories for his family to cherish. He was not a perfect man and he taught several things I do not agree with but he was God's man, who was faithful to his calling, and our brother in Christ.


http://www.legacy.com/guestbook/DignityMemorial/guestbook.aspx?n=peter-ruckman&pid=179724493

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John Young,

Thank you very much for letting us know about the Guest Book for Dr. Ruckman. I agree with your thoughts. I went ahead and sent a short message in the Guest Book.

I know how a lot of folks feel about Dr. Ruckman and understand their thoughts, reasonings, and concerns about some of his other views, life, and teachings.

I do though appreciate Dr. Ruckman's stand for the preservation of the scriptures and his stand for the scriptures in these last days of compromise concerning these corrupted new versions within the realm of the Laodicean Age we now live in.

May we have such courage to stand for the preservation of the scriptures, the Authorized Version, the King James Version of 1611, in these last days as Dr. Ruckman had. One day we will lay our armour down and stand before the Captain of our Salvation and give a detailed, verbal account of our love for the Lord and His Word.

"The words of the LORD are pure words: as silver tried in a furnace of earth, purified seven times. Thou shalt keep them, O LORD, thou shalt preserve them from this generation for ever." Psalm 12:6 & 7

God bless.

Alan 

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HUGH PYLE ON DR. RUCKMAN
    
Hugh Pyle, the man who led Dr. Ruckman to the Lord, had these words to offer in his 1997 autobiography . . .
      
“He had read thousands of books including Greek philosophy and French infidelity. With a photographic mind he could read a page while I was turning to it. He had a tremendous radio voice, could sing, and was a most amazing artist...Peter Ruckman already had a degree from the University of Alabama but he went on to Bob Jones the next Fall to get his Master’s and his Ph.D…When he preached for us in my pastorates he always inspired our people to love God and to hunger to know more of the Bible…He is a genius in many respects. Dr. Bob Jones, Sr., said that Ruckman was the most brilliant man ever to set foot on the campus.”
     
Dr. Hugh Pyle: The Time of My Life! Fort Pierce, Florida: Faith Baptist Church Publications, 1997, pp. 200-202.

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On ‎4‎/‎23‎/‎2016 at 0:29 PM, John81 said:

Ruckman went down an odd trail but it would seem there is far more chance of meeting him in heaven than Prince. As usual, every time a "star" dies it seems the masses are busy trying to convince themselves their "star" is in heaven. Not a shred of Bible-based evidence to support such a claim; as is also most often the case, but on and on goes the chatter of how they are now in heaven.

Both deaths should serve as a lesson for everyone that if a person wants to go to heaven they need to be born again in Christ...if they want others in heaven, they need to share the Gospel of salvation...and if we want to leave a clearly Christ-honouring legacy behind, we need to be sure the road we travel is based upon the Word and we are walking in His will.

I said something very similar to this on Facebook and got cussed out, by my own brother-in-law, no less!  And somewhat rebuked by some Christians, though some others supported it. Granted no one had anything to say about Peter Ruckman, but mostly concerning Prince. Everyone assumes he's off the glory because he claimed, as a JW, to be a 'conservative Christian'. "O, Jesus needed you in heaven!" Psht! And I agree with you, John-Ruckman went to some strange places, but I do believe he was saved. Solomon, empowered with more wisdom from God than anyone before or since, still went where he didn't belong. And his father, David, committed MURDER!, but still repented and loved the Lord and was accepted. I may disagree with some of Ruckman's teachings, but I don't doubt his love for and faith in Jesus Christ, and no one can dispute his stand for the word of God.

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Concerning Prince; if those people knew what the JW's really teach they would never say, " O, Jesus needed you in heaven! "

JW's do not believe that Christians go to Heaven, they firmly maintain that we are all to live on "Paradise Earth." That is our eternal destination.

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3 hours ago, Jim_Alaska said:

Concerning Prince; if those people knew that the JW's really teach they would never say, " O, Jesus needed you in heaven! "

JW's do not believe that Christians go to Heaven, they firmly maintain that we are all to live on "Paradise Earth." That is our eternal destination.

Yes indeed. As I said, if they knew anything about it, they wouldn't say what they do.

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5 hours ago, Ukulelemike said:

I may disagree with some of Ruckman's teachings, but I don't doubt his love for and faith in Jesus Christ, and no one can dispute his stand for the word of God.

Good post. :goodpost:

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A Friend to Churches Ministries (Dr. Sam Gipp) Posted the following pictures of the funeral on their Facebook page:

 

A soldier has gone home.

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All traffic is stopped for the processional.

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Dr. Ruckman's procession leaving for the cemetary.

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Peter Sturgis Ruckman

Nov. 19, 1921 - April 21, 2016

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Dr. Ruckman's obituary (shared from the Facebook page of John Evans):

Peter Sturges Ruckman
November 19, 1921 – April 21, 2016

Matthew 25:21
“His lord said unto him, Well done, thou good and faithful servant: thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.”

Dr. Ruckman is survived by his wife Pamela Ruckman, married 27 years, Pensacola, FL; and ten children; Diana Walker, Alabama; Priscilla and Michael Thornton, Pensacola, FL; David Ruckman, Pensacola, FL; Mike and Lynette Ruckman, Pensacola, FL; Peter Jr. and Heidi Ruckman, Chicago, IL; Jeremy and Valerie Huggins, Wichita, KS; Bryan Huggins, Ft. Walton Beach, FL; Michael and Lydia Huggins, Pensacola, FL; Laura Ruckman; Rachel Ruckman; 18 grandchildren, and 13 great-grandchildren.

He is preceded in death by John Hamilton Ruckman, father; Mary Armstrong-Ruckman, mother; Marion Ruckman, sister; and John Ruckman, brother.

Peter Sturges Ruckman was born physically on November 19, 1921, to John and Mary Ruckman in Wilmington, Delaware. At a young age the family moved to Topeka, Kansas, where he grew up while going back to Wilmington during the summertime. He had a brother, Johnny, and a sister, Marion. Coming from a long line of military men, he followed in their footsteps by enlisting in the Army and served in World War II as a DI in hand-to-hand combat in the Philippines and spent time in Japan monitoring the radio broadcasts at Radio Tokyo. But at the age of 27 years old, he enlisted in a different Army. A Spiritual Army.

On March 14, 1949, Dr. Ruckman signed up in the Lord’s Army by accepting Jesus Christ as his personal Lord and Savior at the radio station in Pensacola, Florida. He was lead to the Lord by a Baptist preacher, Bro. Hugh Pyle. At one time he wanted to be a “30-year man” and retire from the Army. He now has done over two “30-year hitches” in the Lord’s Army, the “right” Army. Through the 67 years he has served the Lord, his vision and his burden was to reach lost souls for Jesus Christ and to teach people that we have a Bible that is perfect and infallible, that you can hold in your hands – the Authorized King James 1611 Version. He had a burden especially to reach young men for Christ and get them rooted and grounded in the Word of God so they would be equipped to defend "the Book" against the agnostic scholars who try to rob you of your faith in your King James Bible. From this desire, Pensacola Bible Institute was started. It continues today from Dr. Ruckman prayerfully and wisely choosing a man, Brian Donovan, to train and equip to carry on the work of the school and church after he has gone on to Glory.

Dr. Ruckman had pastored for well over 50 years; including a church in Bay Minette, AL, Brent Baptist Church, and Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola since 1973. He also was the Founder and President of Pensacola Bible Institute which was started in September of 1965.

Dr. Ruckman was a man of many talents. He was a Preacher, Teacher, Street Preacher, Artist, Writer, played the tuba and the harmonica, had studied the Oriental religions, studied martial arts – Taekwondo and Aikido, and started playing hockey as a goalie at 68 years old with his last game being on his 84thbirthday. He also played racquetball, enjoyed mullet fishing, was an avid reader, liked to garden and had a small “truck farm” as he called it, and was still swimming “laps” with a snorkel at 93. He had a profound knowledge of the Scripture and its correlation with History. God gave him a special gift to be able to tie in world events and History to the Bible.

And, then, of course, he dearly loved “kids” and “dogs” (especially German Shepherds!). He loved to have them running all around the place. He loved to see them play and laugh. His special treat was to give the kids gummy bears at each service. And if he ran out (to moms’ horror), he would give them strawberry Twizzlers – or – chocolate!

One of the things dearest to Dr. Ruckman’s heart was his burden and love for doing the Prison Ministry. He looked forward to each time he had an opportunity to go into the jails and minister to the men and women there, especially the yearly 2-week long summer “junkets.” That was his “Christmas.”

Words cannot express the appreciation and gratitude for all the love, support, friendship and prayers of so many saints through all the years; some for many years and some just a few. Through many dangers, toils, and snares he has already come. After a fall in 2015 and many months of declining health, he is now at HOME with his Lord and Saviour, Jesus Christ.

God gave him a “Full Cup.

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John Young,

Thank you for the photos and the obituary by John Evans. We appreciate your efforts.

I would like to take note that the funeral of Dr. Ruckman was a military funeral. Dr. Ruckman served in the Army during World War ll as an officer.

15 hours ago, John Young said:

He had a burden especially to reach young men for Christ and get them rooted and grounded in the Word of God so they would be equipped to defend "the Book" against the agnostic scholars who try to rob you of your faith in your King James Bible. From this desire, Pensacola Bible Institute was started.

I especially like this quote. Dr. Ruckman's main focus was to teach that the scriputres are not only inspired by the direct revelation of God, but that they are preserved by God. One of the issues in our day are the flock of new versions promoted by agnositc scholars (both saved and lost, denominational, and fundamental), who are in open defiance of the preserved written word of God.

It is my personal opinon that if Dr. Ruckman stayed on that main issue, and backed it with his knowledge of manuscript evidence, and not get side-tracked with the other issues (lost - saved in different dispensations, aliens, racial issues, foul-mouthed, divorces, etc...), than God could have used his talents further.

Be that as it may, God did use Dr. Ruckman to contend for the faith in the arena of the defense of the Authorized Version, the King James Version of 1611, as the preserved word of God. And, for that, I am thankful and am confident that Dr.Ruckman is enjoying the wonders of eternity with the Lord Jesus in Heaven.

Regards,

Alan

 

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