Note: All Scripture quotations found in this article are from the text of the Authorized King James Version of the Bible.
One of the many criticisms of Dr. Peter Ruckman is his "harsh" and "crude" speech. This article will show that God uses not just gentle Christians, but also rough Christians such as Martin Luther, Sam Jones, J. Frank Norris, Peter Cartwright and even the men in the Bible.
In the below verse Elijah mocked the false prophets while they were crying aloud and cutting themselves.
1 Kings 18:25 "And Elijah said unto the prophets of Baal, Choose you one bullock for yourselves, and dress it first; for ye are many; and call on the name of your gods, but put no fire under. 26 And they took the bullock which was given them, and they dressed it, and called on the name of Baal from morning even until noon, saying, O Baal, hear us. But there was no voice, nor any that answered. And they leaped upon the altar which was made. 27 And it came to pass at noon, that Elijah mocked them, and said, Cry aloud: for he is a god; either he is talking, or he is pursuing, or he is in a journey, or peradventure he sleepeth, and must be awaked. 28 And they cried aloud, and cut themselves after their manner with knives and lancets, till the blood gushed out upon them. 29 And it came to pass, when midday was past, and they prophesied until the time of the offering of the evening sacrifice, that there was neither voice, nor any to answer, nor any that regarded."
In the below two Gospel accounts, Jesus was so angry that he overthrew tables and literally whipped people out of the marketplace.
Matthew 21:12 "And Jesus went into the temple of God, and cast out all them that sold and bought in the temple, and overthrew the tables of the moneychangers, and the seats of them that sold doves, 13 And said unto them, It is written, My house shall be called the house of prayer; but ye have made it a den of thieves. 14 And the blind and the lame came to him in the temple; and he healed them. 15 And when the chief priests and scribes saw the wonderful things that he did, and the children crying in the temple, and saying, Hosanna to the Son of David; they were sore displeased, 16 And said unto him, Hearest thou what these say? And Jesus saith unto them, Yea; have ye never read, Out of the mouth of babes and sucklings thou hast perfected praise?"
John 2:13 "And the Jews' passover was at hand, and Jesus went up to Jerusalem, 14 And found in the temple those that sold oxen and sheep and doves, and the changers of money sitting: 15 And when he had made a scourge of small cords, he drove them all out of the temple, and the sheep, and the oxen; and poured out the changers' money, and overthrew the tables; 16 And said unto them that sold doves, Take these things hence; make not my Father's house an house of merchandise. 17 And his disciples remembered that it was written, The zeal of thine house hath eaten me up."
The Bible tells us that we should get angry for the right reasons.
Ephesians 4:26 "Be ye angry, and sin not: let not the sun go down upon your wrath:"
Dr. Ruckman usually expresses his anger when some Bible rejecting fool is correcting the precious words of God. Is that not a time to get angry? If not, then I would love to know what is.
Paul's speech was very rough and even terrifying. His bold speech caused many people to hate him.
2 Corinthians 10:9 "That I may not seem as if I would terrify you by letters. 10 For his letters, say they, are weighty and powerful; but his bodily presence is weak, and his speech contemptible."
Even though Paul was rude, he gave the whole truth just like Dr. Ruckman.
2 Corinthians 11:6 "But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things."
As for name calling...
Jesus Christ called King Herod "that fox".
Luke 13:32 "And he said unto them, Go ye, and tell that fox, Behold, I cast out devils, and I do cures to day and to morrow, and the third day I shall be perfected."
Jesus called unfaithful Christians "neither fit for the dunghill".
Luke 14:35 "It is neither fit for the land, nor yet for the dunghill; but men cast it out. He that hath ears to hear, let him hear."
Christ called the Sanhedrin a "twofold more the child of hell".
Matthew 23:15 "Woe unto you, scribes and Pharisees, hypocrites! for ye compass sea and land to make one proselyte, and when he is made, ye make him twofold more the child of hell than yourselves."
In Matthew 23, Jesus Christ called people names such as fools, blind, hypocrites, serpents, generation of vipers, blind guides, dead men's bones and etc.
In Nehemiah 13:23-31, Nehemiah cursed, hit and spit on the Israelites that married heathen. Paul called his religion "dung" in Philippians 3:8.
"..now that damnable rottenness and worm..the fire and fury of silly asses and Thomist wine..But let those swine come on and burn me if they dare..So out with it you papal asses!" -Martin Luther
"I wouldn't wipe my feet on someone, both the jackass..can get to it" -Sam Jones
"Many a fellow is trying to pray with his tub bottom up." -Sam Jones
"Who is General Jackson? If he doesn't get his soul converted, God will damn him as quick as he would a Guinea negro." -Peter Cartwright
(Not to mention General Jackson did not get offended.)
The point is, there are some men in the Bible and in Church History that make Dr. Ruckman look soft. God uses all kinds of different personalities in the ministry, gentle or harsh. The main purpose is to get the truth out, no matter what method. Dr. Ruckman has his way of preaching and if your way is different then so be it.
Most people that say that Dr. Ruckman is a "mean" man do not even know him personally. I have talked to a lot of people that know Dr. Ruckman personally and they say things like he is "kind" and "generous". He cries for lost souls and backslidden Christians. He gives credit to the same men that he criticizes and criticize him.
"People think that because I skin the brethren alive when I preach, that I'm not showing any love. That's because they've been brainwashed by the glass toilet(the TV), and they respond to the tone of my voice much as my German Shepherd would. But I do love the brethren. If I didn't, I wouldn't preach against their sins. I would preach on coping and sharing and family values and let them hit a bonfire at the Judgment Seat of Christ." -Dr. Ruckman
"I don't hate people like Gary Hutson and Curtis Hutson and Fred Afman and Bob Jones Sr. and Bob Jones III and John R. Rice. I'll call their hand on their lying and disbelief in the word of God, but I don't hate them. I pray for them, and I pray that God uses them. I sure do. I hope God uses every one of them. And if the Lord uses them more than he uses me, I think that's just great. I have nothing personal against any of them. I just can't take how they treat the Book; that's all." -Dr. Ruckman
Unlike most of Dr. Ruckman's critics, Dr. Ruckman never criticizes anyone on their personal lives. Whenever you find Dr. Ruckman bashing somone, it always deals with them correcting the word of God or corrupting doctrine.
If Dr. Ruckman's "harsh" and "crude" speech is a reason that you do not like him then think on this article and quit being an ASS! Smile. God loves you and have a nice day! =)
Job 11:12 "For vain man would be wise, though man be born like a wild ass's colt."