A Short Introduction
Continuing on in Part 3 we pick up where we left off in Part 2. We mentioned that Peter Ruckman falls into the category of a cultist because of his continual criticizing of other Bible teachers and because he believes he has been given a special revelation from God. In this installment, we shall see that Ruckman also includes some Mormon teaching in his beliefs. We won’t go into the details here (see Part 2), but we will again look at Ruckman’s prideful and erroneous approach to the Scriptures.
It was necessary for me to edit much of this account. The original article included many quotes by Ruckman himself that apparently appear on other websites. Although Ruckman’s own words would have added weight to this discussion, I eliminated most of them because of HubPages insistence. I included references at the end of the article if you choose to follow up. At any rate, shall we continue to expose this very dangerous and deceitful man – Peter Ruckman?
The Arrogant Mr. Ruckman
There can be no doubt about it. Peter Ruckman lives on the edge of being delusional. He believes he has knowledge that no other person has, and that he alone has the responsibility of sharing that information. Check out other cult leaders, and you find that most, if not all, believe they have special knowledge that no one else possesses. Many cults use the Bible but twist the Scriptures to build their own unique doctrine. Peter Ruckman is no different Not only does he twist meanings, but often he invents meanings to make his point.
Consider this. Talking about one of his many books, The Salient Verses, Mr. Ruckman’s true colors show through. He disgustingly claims that if you buy his book, you will have a minimum of 200 recent revelations. When God gave us His book, He hid nothing from us. There are no fresh revelations to be found. How do I know this? – Revelation 22:18, 19 tells me. “For I testify unto every man that heareth the words of the prophecy of this book, If any man shall add unto these things, God shall add unto him the plagues that are written in this book: And if any man shall take away from the words of the book of this prophecy, God shall take away his part out of the book of life, and out of the holy city, and from the things which are written in this book.”
Peter Ruckman adds much to the book. After listing a lengthy list of reputable Bible teachers, he claims to have more Bible knowledge than any of them in the past 200 years. His revelations are fanciful. His teaching is a combination of sci-fi, mixed religions, and fantasies. He does not have the final word, as he supposes. God does. Hebrews 1:1, 2 tells us plainly, “God, who at sundry times and in divers manners spake in time past unto the fathers by the prophets . . . Hath in these last days spoken unto us by his Son . . .” Notice God has “spoken unto us by his son,” not Peter Ruckman.
In another book, (The Unknown Bible, p .347) he mentions that the reader now possesses more than a dozen new revelations that no one has been aware of for the past 2,000 years. Not only did Jesus apparently not share these things, but He must not have known them as Jesus is included in the 2,000-year history of the church. Technically, that makes Ruckman God. – Oh, please . . .
His Perverted Teachings
Allow me to list some of Ruckman’s overlooked “Bible truths.” His strange beliefs include the so-called fact that all angels are 33 years old. Would someone please give me chapter and verse – or is Peter Ruckman once again adding to the Scriptures? He also claims all women raptured at the time of Christ’s return will also be 33 years old and will possess a male body. Talk about having a sex change! Fanciful? Sci-fi? Or just plain ridiculous? I don’t know everything about the Bible, but I’m pretty sure you will not find this teaching anywhere in Scripture. It exists only in the mind of Ruckman and his followers.
Another one of his strange unbiblical beliefs is that when one is born again, his soul, which is invisible, but sewn to the body (thus, the soul has the same shape as the body), is cut loose from the flesh. Ruckman likens this to the real meaning of Biblical circumcision. I could go on and on about that one, but I really have more important things to do.
Strange belief number 3 – Ruckman claims that sexual unions constitute marriage. So, does that mean that if a person has had ten sexual partners in a lifetime, he has been married ten times? On the contrary – the Bible has much to say about sexual purity and does not accept fornication or adultery as anything but sin. This comes close to the Mormon belief of many wives and polygamy.
Heere’s another one where Ruckman feeds into Mormon teaching.Again, in The Unknown Bible, Ruckman describes 12 boundaries God has supposedly set on earth with 12 nations. Those in these 12 nations will be carried away to other planets where they will populate the universe. Angels will carry them away (a very bad interpretation of Luke 16:22). This is just one more example of Ruckman adding to Scripture.
He claims that in eternity the Christian will live in apartment houses of transparent gold. They will be sent out on missions to other planets where couples will be placed in garden-like areas and be told to “be fruitful and multiply, and replenish the earth).
Ruckman also believes that flies and mosquitos are likenesses of demons. Why? Because they have wings – and the point is, Mr. Ruckman? Better still, Ruckman, what Scripture do you get your information from?
Are These Things Scriptural?
Many times I read the Scriptures and may not be sure of what is being said. As a pastor, I must bring the truth of Scripture to the people God has placed before me. If I’m not sure, or if I do not know, I tell the people so. I may say, “This is what I believe it says,” or “This is what I think it says.” What I’m actually saying is, I haven’t studied it enough to draw a concrete conclusion.
The problem with Mr. Ruckman’s bad teaching is not his ideas, though they are extremely far-fetched. The problem is, he claims these things to be facts based on Scripture. If he wants to say I think all angels are thirty-three-year-old males, that’s fine. Just don’t say got that from the Bible.” I admit I don’t know everything about God’s Word, but I do know the Bible doesn’t tell us that angels are thirty-three-year-old males. By the way, the Bible gives a totally different description of them.”
Okay, that’s enough for this time. Next time, we’ll look at what I believe to be Ruckman’s greatest heresy. Stay tuned for the last and final chapter.
Peter Ruckman, Bible Believers’ Bulletin, Jan. 1994, pp. 2,4.
Peter Ruckman, The Unknown Bible, p 347, 588, 592
Peter Ruckman, Problem Texts, p. 145
2 thoughts on “Peter Ruckman – Dangerous Deceiver and False Prophet – Part 3”
Another Whacko. It’s sad when people follow these dangerous people who make themselves out to be a god.
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He’s dead now, but his lies live on. He’s influenced a lot of people over the years, and I think his following could safely be labled an cult.