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      James Foley
       
      I Corinthians 11:17-34: "Now in this that I declare unto you I praise you not, that ye come together not for the better, but for the worse. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it. For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you. When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's Supper. For in eating every one taketh before other his own supper: and one is hungry, and another is drunken. What? have ye not houses to eat and to drink in? or despise ye the church of God, and shame them that have not? What shall I say to you? shall I praise you in this? I praise you not. For I have received of the Lord that which also I delivered unto you, That the Lord Jesus the same night in which he was betrayed took bread: And when he had given thanks, he brake it, and said, Take, eat: this is my body, which is broken for you: this do in remembrance of me. After the same manner also he took the cup, when he had supped, saying, This cup is the new testament in my blood: this do ye, as oft as ye drink it, in remembrance of me. For as often as ye eat this bread, and drink this cup, ye do show the Lord's death till he come. Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord. But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup. For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body. For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep. For if we would judge ourselves, we should not be judged. But when we are judged, we are chastened of the Lord, that we should not be condemned with the world. Wherefore, my brethren, when ye come together to eat, tarry one for another. And if any man hunger, let him eat at home; that ye come not together unto condemnation. And the rest will I set in order when I come."

      INTRODUCTION

      Historic Baptists, true Baptists, have believed in and still believe in closed communion. Baptists impose upon themselves the same restrictions that they impose on others concerning the Lord’s Supper. Baptists have always insisted that it is the Lord’s Table, not theirs; and He alone has the right to say who shall sit at His table. No amount of so called brotherly love, or ecumenical spirit, should cause us to invite to His table those who have not complied with the requirements laid down plainly in His inspired Word. With respect to Bible doctrines we must always use the scripture as our guide and practice. For Baptists, two of the most important doctrines are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper. These are the only two doctrines we recognize as Church Ordinances. The Bible is very clear in teaching how these doctrines are to be practiced and by whom.

      We only have two ordinances that we must never compromise or we risk our very existence, they are Baptism and The Lord’s Supper.

      The moment we deviate from the precise method God has prescribed we have started down the slippery slope of error. True Baptists have held fast to the original doctrine of The Lord’s Supper from the time of Christ and the Apostles.

      Unfortunately, in this day of what the Bible describes as the age of luke warmness, Baptists are becoming careless in regard to strictly following the pattern laid out for us in Scripture. Many of our Bible colleges are graduating otherwise sincere, Godly and dedicated pastors and teachers who have not been taught the very strict, biblical requirements that surround the Lord’s Supper. Any Bible college that neglects to teach its students the differences surrounding Closed Communion, Close Communion and Open Communion is not simply short changing its students; it is also not equipping their students to carry on sound Bible traditions. The result is men of God and churches that fall into error. And as we will see, this is serious error.

      Should we as Baptists ignore the restrictions made by our Lord and Master? NO! When we hold to the restrictions placed upon the Lord’s Supper by our Master, we are defending the "faith which was once delivered to the saints" Jude 3.

      The Lord’s Supper is rigidly restricted and I will show this in the following facts:

      IT IS RESTRICTED AS TO PLACE

      A. I Corinthians 11:18 says, "When ye come together in the church." This does not mean the church building; they had none. In other words, when the church assembles. The supper is to be observed by the church, in church capacity. Again this does not mean the church house. Ekklesia, the Greek word for church, means assembly. "When ye come together in the church," is when the church assembles.

      B. When we say church we mean an assembly of properly baptized believers. Acts 2:41-42: "Then they that gladly received his word were baptized: and the same day there were added unto them about three thousand souls. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers."

      The church is made up of saved people who are baptized by immersion. In the Bible, belief precedes baptism. That’s the Bible way.

      Acts 8:12-13, "But when they believed Philip preaching the things concerning the kingdom of God, and the name of Jesus Christ, they were baptized, both men and women. Then Simon himself believed also: and when he was baptized, he continued with Philip, and wondered, beholding the miracles and signs which were done."

      When we say properly baptized, we mean immersed. No unbeliever should take the Lord’s supper, and no non-immersed believer should take the supper. Those who are sprinkled are not baptized and cannot receive the supper. The Greek word for baptize is baptizo, and it always means to immerse.

      "In every case where communion is referred to, or where it may possibly have been administered, the believers had been baptized Acts 2:42; 8:12; 8:38; 10:47; 6:14-15; 18:8; 20:7. Baptism comes before communion, just as repentance and faith precede baptism".

      C. The Lord’s Supper is for baptized believers in church capacity: "When ye come together in the church," again not a building, but the assembly of the properly baptized believers.

      D. The fact that the Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, to be observed in church capacity, is pointed out by the fact that it is for those who have been immersed and added to the fellowship of the church.

      E. The Lord’s Supper is never spoken of in connection with individuals. When it is referred to, it is only referred to in reference to baptized believers in local church capacity I Cor. 11:20-26).

      I want to quote Dr. W.W. Hamilton,

      "The individual administration of the ordinance has no Bible warrant and is a relic of Romanism. The Lord’s Supper is a church ordinance, and anything which goes beyond or comes short of this fails for want of scriptural example or command".

      “The practice of taking a little communion kit to hospitals, nursing homes, etc. is unscriptural and does not follow the scriptural example.”

      IT IS RESTRICTED TO A UNITED CHURCH

      A. The Bible in I Cor. 11:18 is very strong in condemning divisions around the Lord’s table. For first of all, when ye come together in the church, I hear that there be divisions among you; and I partly believe it.
      19 For there must be also heresies among you, that they which are approved may be made manifest among you.
      20 When ye come together therefore into one place, this is not to eat the Lord's supper.

      There were no less than four divisions in the Corinthian church.
      I Cor. 1:12: "Now this I say, that every one of you saith, I am of Paul; and I of Apollos; and I of Cephas; and I of Christ."

      Because of these divisions, it was impossible for them to scripturally eat the Lord’s Supper. Division in the local church is reason to hold off observing the Lord’s Supper. But there are also other reasons to forego taking the Lord’s Supper. If there is gross sin in the membership we do not take it. Here is scriptural evidence for this: 1Co 5:7 Purge out therefore the old leaven, that ye may be a new lump, as ye are unleavened. For even Christ our Passover is sacrificed for us:
      8 Therefore let us keep the feast, not with old leaven, neither with the leaven of malice and wickedness; but with the unleavened bread of sincerity and truth. 9 I wrote unto you in an epistle not to company with fornicators:
      10 Yet not altogether with the fornicators of this world, or with the covetous, or extortioners, or with idolaters; for then must ye needs go out of the world. 11 But now I have written unto you not to keep company, if any man that is called a brother be a fornicator, or covetous, or an idolater, or a railer, or a drunkard, or an extortioner; with such an one no not to eat.

      B. At this point, I want to ask these questions: Are there not doctrinal divisions among the many denominations? Is it not our doctrinal differences that cause us to be separate religious bodies?

      IT IS RESTRICTED BY DOCTRINE

      A. Those in the early church at Jerusalem who partook "continued stedfastly in the apostles’ doctrine" Acts 2:42. And they continued stedfastly in the apostles' doctrine and fellowship, and in breaking of bread, and in prayers.

      B. Those that do not hold to apostolic truth are not to partake. This means there is to be discipline in the local body. How can you discipline those who do not belong to the local body? You can’t. The clear command of scripture is to withdraw fellowship from those who are not doctrinally sound.

      II Thes 3:6: "Now we command you, brethren, in the name of our Lord Jesus Christ, that ye withdraw yourselves from every brother that walketh disorderly, and not after the tradition which he received of us."
      Rom. 16:17: "Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them."
      To commune together means to have the same doctrine.
      II Thes. 2:15: "Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle."
      II John 10-11: "If there come any unto you, and bring not this doctrine, receive him not into your house, neither bid him God speed: For he that biddeth him God speed is partaker of his evil deeds."

      C. Some Baptists in our day have watered down this doctrine by practicing what they call “Close Communion.” By this they mean that they believe that members of another Baptist church may take communion with us because they are of the same beliefs. Once again, this is unscriptural.

      The welcome to the Lord's Table should not be extended beyond the discipline of the local church. When we take the Lord’s Supper there is supposed to be no gross sin among us and no divisions among us. We have no idea of the spiritual condition of another church’s members. If there is sin or division in the case of this other church’s members, we have no way of knowing it. We cannot discipline them because they are not members of our church. This is why we practice “Closed” communion, meaning it is restricted solely to our church membership. 
      So then, in closing I would like to reiterate the three different ideas concerning the Lord’s Supper and who is to take it. 
      Closed Communion = Only members of a single local church. 
      Close Communion = Members of like faith and order may partake. 
      Open Communion = If you claim to be a Christian, or simply attending the service, you may partake. 
      It is no small thing to attempt to change that which was implemented by our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. 
      Mt. 28:20 Teaching them to observe all things whatsoever I have commanded you: and, lo, I am with you alway, even unto the end of the world. Amen. 
      Many of our Baptist churches have a real need to consider the gravity of the act of observing The Lord’s Supper. It is not a light thing that is to be taken casually or without regard to the spiritual condition of ourselves or our church.
      1Co. 11:27 Wherefore whosoever shall eat this bread, and drink this cup of the Lord, unworthily, shall be guilty of the body and blood of the Lord.

       28 But let a man examine himself, and so let him eat of that bread, and drink of that cup.

       29 For he that eateth and drinketh unworthily, eateth and drinketh damnation to himself, not discerning the Lord's body.

       30 For this cause many are weak and sickly among you, and many sleep.

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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John Young,

Thank you for posting the memoriam on Dr. Ruckman from Jack Chick and James L. Melton.

May God continue to bless you and your work in Washington.

Alan

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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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