Peter Ruckman

Peter Sturges Ruckman (born November 19, 1921), is an independent Baptist minister, teacher, writer, and founder of Pensacola Bible Institute, an unaccredited school in Pensacola, Florida (not to be confused with Pensacola Christian College). He is best known for his assertion that the King James Version constitutes "advanced revelation" and is the preserved word of God for English speakers.

Peter Ruckman, the son of Col. John Hamilton Ruckman and the grandson of General John Wilson Ruckman, received his bachelor's degree from the University of Alabama and a master's and Ph.D. in religion from Bob Jones University. He later called BJU "the World's Most Unusual Hell Hole."

Ruckman is the pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, and his writings and recorded sermons are published by his own Bible Baptist Bookstore. He illustrated many of his sermons in chalk and pastels, often while preaching, and he also contributed portraits to the "Christian Hall of Fame" in Canton, Ohio. Ruckman has been married three times and been divorced twice.

Ruckman unabashedly admits to having had paranormal experiences. He has written that, before he became a minister, he "had the experience of nirvana, which the Zen call samadhi, the dislocation of the spirit from the body....Looking at my moral life following that experience, and my desire at times to commit suicide, I realize I had produced a passive state that was an entrance for spirits." Ruckman also believes in UFOs and in blue aliens with blue blood, black aliens with green blood, and gray aliens with clear blood. Further, he believes that the CIA has implanted brain transmitters in children, old people, and African-Americans and that the agency operates underground alien breeding facilities.

Ruckman believes that the King James Version of the Bible, the "Authorized Version" ("KJV" or "A.V."), provides "advanced revelation" in English beyond that discernible in the underlying Textus Receptus Greek text. Arguing that the KJV is more authoritative for English speakers than the Greek and Hebrew texts, he believes the KJV represents the final authority for modern disputes about the content and meaning of the original manuscripts. For instance, in his Christian's Handbook of Manuscript Evidence, Ruckman says, "Mistakes in the A.V. 1611 are advanced revelation!" Likewise, he advises where "the perverse Greek reads one way and the A.V. reads the other, rest assured that God will judge you at the Judgment on what you know. Since you don't know the Greek (and those who knew it, altered it to suit themselves), you better go by the A.V. 1611 text."

In his book, The King James Only Controversy, James R. White, argues that to call Ruckman "outspoken is to engage in an exercise in understatement. Caustic is too mild a term; bombastic is a little more accurate.…There is no doubt that Peter S. Ruckman is brilliant, in a strange sort of way. His mental powers are plainly demonstrated in his books, though most people do not bother to read far enough to recognize this due to the constant stream of invective that is to be found on nearly every page. And yet his cocky confidence attracts many people to his viewpoint." One Ruckman letter to an opponent begins, "Dear Scumbucket." The website of Ruckman's press notes that although some have called his writings "mean spirited," "we refer to them as 'Truth With An Attitude.'" Ruckman sometimes stoops to vulgarity in his name-calling. For instance, he once called the New American Standard Version of the Bible "more of the same old godless, depraved crap."

KJV-Only supporters are often called "Ruckmanites," and those who take more moderate KJV-Only positions often criticize Ruckman because "his writings are so acerbic, so offensive and mean-spirited that the entire movement has become identified with his kind of confrontational attitude." Many who support the KJV-Only position do not endorse Ruckman's position that the English KJV is superior to existing Hebrew and Greek manuscripts. Not surprisingly, Ruckman's position on the authority of the KJV is strongly opposed by many supporters of biblical inerrancy, including signers of the Chicago Statement on Biblical Inerrancy.

Ruckman founded Pensacola Bible Institute (PBI) in 1965, in part, because of his disagreements with other institutions in regard to Biblical translations. Pensacola Bible Institute is not accredited by any agency recognized by the Council for Higher Education Accreditation or the United States Department of Education. It does not accept government funding nor participate in the student loan program. The school has no website.Permission is granted to copy, distribute and/or modify this document under the terms of the GNU Free Documentation License, Version 1.2 or any later version published by the Free Software Foundation; with no Invariant Sections, with no Front-Cover Texts, and with no Back-Cover Texts.
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