INTRODUCTORY NOTE

 

 

The following list of quotes is in response to an incident that occurred earlier this year* in which a Christian friend of mine was told by a pastor of a local church that Dr. Peter Ruckman was in support of his church’s stand on the power and authority of a pastor in the local church as being “just as” our Lord Jesus Christ’s Power and Authority over the entire church. *(1997)

 

My friend knew that I have read most of brother Ruckman’s books and so he asked me what I thought about this matter. I informed him that based on my knowledge of brother Ruckman’s books and tapes I did not believe that he would support such a statement but that I would review some of brother Ruckman’s books to see what he had to say about this subject.

 

I want to make one thing clear before I go any further into this inquiry. My final authority in all matters of faith and practice is the King James Bible (AV). I believe in my heart that God’s word, the Scriptures, should be the final and absolute authority for all born again Christians. In this treatise I do not appeal to Brother Peter Ruckman as an “authority”, although he was being referred to as an “authority” in support of a belief held by the pastor of the local church. I am simply providing for the reader direct quotations from brother Ruckman’s books to demonstrate what brother Peter Ruckman truly believes about this matter.

 

I have divided this inquiry into 5 Headings:

 

    1. Peter Ruckman’s quotes on Christ’s Headship in the church.

    2. Peter Ruckman’s quotes on a Pastor’s Authority.

    3. Peter Ruckman’s quotes on Apostasy in the church.

    4. Peter Ruckman’s quotes on Heresy and Heretics.

    5. Peter Ruckman’s quotes on Related Subjects.

 

Again let me reiterate. This is not an appeal to brother Ruckman to settle a doctrinal dispute. A claim was made that Dr. Peter Ruckman was in support of a belief held by this pastor and some Christian brethren on this island. The purpose of this treatise is to let the reader see for himself what brother Ruckman truly believes by reading his words from his books. If anyone knows of any other statements made by brother Ruckman regarding this matter, pro or con, I will add them on to this list.

 

Please note: All of the following quotes are cited verbatim from brother Ruckman’s books without any personal comments.

 

 

      Sincerely yours for The Lord Jesus Christ and for the Truth,

 

      George H. Anderson Jr.

 

 

PETER RUCKMAN’S QUOTES – CHRIST’S HEADSHIP

 

(Bold, Italics, & CAPITALS - Dr. Peter Ruckman's. Underlines are mine.)

 

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – EPHESIANS

 

BBC - EPHESIANS   Page 203 (Eph 1:1-6)

       Now these "Christians" who are only on earth must be a peculiar breed. We saved Christians are joined to a Body whose Head is in Heaven. . . . . . .

 

BBC - EPHESIANS   Page 223 (Eph 1:15-23)

       He is the "Head" of the church and the only "Head" the church has ever had or ever will have. There is no "visible head" to this Body, for you

       enter this Body by the Spirit (Eph 4:4) and are baptized into it by the Spirit (1Cor 12:13); and since "God is a Spirit" (John 4:24),

       the Head must be a Spiritual Head.

 

BBC - EPHESIANS   Page 258-259 (Eph 3:14-21)

       God has a "family" (Ps 45:9-14), and in that family there is ONE BRIDE (Eph 5:27, 2Cor 11:1-3), This Bride is for God's Son (Song 6:9), and she is not God's   Bride; she is Christ's WIFE (Eph 5:30).  . . . . . .

 

BBC - EPHESIANS   Page 320 (Eph 5:19-33)

       Christ is the head of the body (1:22) and the saviour of the body (5:23)

      

       "Christ also loved the church, and gave himself for it" (vs 25). The verse settles beyond any question the matter of the local church and the "church,        which is his body." To say that Christ died for the local church would be nonsense. The local church includes unsaved church members, and the first New   Testament local church had a devil for a treasurer.  . . . . .

 

BBC - EPHESIANS   Page 324 (Eph 5:19-33)

       . . . . . A man and wife are the same flesh and bones even when they are apart; since this is a mystery, it is a perfect illustration of a Christian on the planet   earth, in the back end of the universe, who is ONE with the risen Saviour now seated more than 50,000,000 light years above the solar system (see      extended comment under 1:20 and 3:18).

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – COLOSSIANS

 

BBC - COLOSSIANS   Page 496 (Col 1:18-29)

       The Christian's head is in heaven,  . . . . .

 

BBC - COLOSSIANS   Page 589 (Col 3:1-11)

1.       "CHRIST IS ALL." He is the Body into which the believer is placed and this body is a new creation (see Eph 1:23 and comments).

 

                  2. "CHRIST . . . IN ALL." He is the regenerator within the individual believer who

               restores the image which Adam lost when he sinned. This image is plainly the Lord Jesus Christ Himself, and this is exactly what Paul told us in the

               Epistle (1:27).

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – HEBREWS

BBC - HEBREWS   Page 16 (Heb 1:4-9)

       . . . . . The anointing on the “head of Aaron” (Ps 133) clearly shows us that ourHEAD” is the Lord Jesus and that He is in heaven (Col 1:18). We are the body;        He is the HEAD. The Head should always run the body (1Cor 12).

 

BBC - HEBREWS   Page 49 (Heb 2:9-13)

       . . . . . But it goes beyond this; we are also, in a sense, His wife. We are the husband’s “bride” (Eph 5:27-32) and He is our Head as a man is the head of his wife   (1Cor 11:1-5). All of these figures are true:

 

1.       Christ is the head of a body that makes up his bride.

 

BBC - HEBREWS   Page 52 (Heb 2:9-13)

       . . . . . “Our Lord’s work issues in His becoming THE HEAD of a saved community.”

 

BBC - HEBREWS   Page 63 (Heb 3:1-6)

       . . . . .HE WHO FOUNDED THE CHURCH HAS MORE HONOR THAN THE CHURCH.

 

BBC - HEBREWS   Page 146 (Heb 7:18-28)

       The Christian priesthood (1 peter 2:9) headed up by one permanent High Priest (Heb 3:1) does not resemble the black-robed Catholic priesthood in any particular.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – BOOK OF REVELATION

 

BBC - THE BOOK OF REVELATION Pages. 21 & 22

            When Jesus says in Revelation 1:8 that He is the “Almighty,” that means just what it says. If any church makes one statement contrary to a plain statement in     the word of God, then that statement is no more important than a three-year-old Eskimo discoursing on nuclear physics. The Lord Jesus Christ is the final authority. He is the Almighty; He is the beginning and the ending; He is the absolute authority, and where He speaks “the church” may shut its mouth and act   decently.

 

HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE   Page 37

       3. The mystery of the Body of Christ (Eph. 3, 5). This is a mystery about a Body that is “ESPOUSED” to be married (2 Cor. 11) and yet has already become    one flesh” with it’s Head (Eph. 5).

 

HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH, Vol. 1, Page 235

[Brother Ruckman commenting on the Paulicians]   . . . . . Another name applied to them by the apostate Catholics of their day was “Acephali” (headless),   which was the Catholic way of mocking them for not recognizing Peter and his “vicars” as the visible “HEAD” of the church. Unlike the Bible-rejecting popes,     they believed what the Apostle Paul said about the “HEAD” of the church” (Eph 1, Col 1).

 

HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH, Vol. 2, Page 271

          . . . . God will not let any saved sinner (Fundamentalist or Evangelical) steal His Glory (Isa 48:11), no matter how godly he      thinks he is because of his secondary separation.

 

 

 

RUCKMAN’S QUOTES: ELDER (BISHOP, PASTOR) AUTHORITY

(Bold, Italics, & CAPITALS - Dr. Peter Ruckman's. Underlines are mine.)

 

BIBLE BELIEVER'S COMMENTARY – MATTHEW

 

BBC - MATTHEW   Pages 400-402 (Mt. 20:24-28)

               Pgs 401-402: "Minister . . . servant." The two words can be used almost interchangeably. The first one is the word for "deacon" (Gk diakanon). The       second is the word for "slave" (Gk. doulos), thereby identifying the "chief" or the "great one" as a bond-servant, running barefoot through the dust, to wait on     the Master's table. Thus the Christian concept of a "great one" or a "chief" turns out to be just the opposite from the one taught by Rome.

 

               Pg 402: . . . . . Thus the ministry has become a PROFESSION instead of a CALLING, and the ministers compete for success instead of obeying to be   faithful, and the successful are considered RIGHT and the failures are considered WRONG. Any method is resorted to, in the name of Christ, right or wrong.    in order to be "somebody" and put your name on the map. Shades of Rome!

 

       A minister, then, is a "servant," (See Romans 16:1, 1Peter 5:1.) As an ordained elder, he is admonished to be an EXAMPLE, and a "feeder of the flock" and       an "overseer" of a flock; but never a "dominator," exercising "dominion" )Latin: Domini, Dominus - God!)

 

               Pg 401 . . . . . "Dominion and authority" is characteristic of Rome, not "LEADERSHIP OR EXAMPLE."

 

BIBLE BELIEVER'S COMMENTARY - BOOK OF ACTS

 

BBC - ACTS   Pages 218-219 (Acts 6:1-4)

               Pg 218: The pastors of the first church - 12 pastors! (vs 2) - are relieved of all hindrances and encumbrances which might "entangle them" with the world    (1Tim 2:4) so they can labor in "word and doctrine" 1Tim 5:17), and anoint their teaching and preaching with PRAYER. A pastor is a spiritual leader whose   power and authority are SPIRITUAL, and no other dominion is recognized by the Holy Spirit in the New Testament (1Pet 5: 1-6, and Luke 24:49). The man who      "rules well" (1Tim 5:17) and has the "rule over" his brethren does it through PRAYER and the WORD, and his authority begins and ends there.

      

               Pg 219: . . . . . . You will notice that the authority delegated to the "eleven" (Matt 28:18-20) was SPIRITUAL authority,

 

 

               ". . . the MINISTRY OF THE WORD"  (vs 4), is the ministry that Paul is engaged in all of his life,

 

BBC - ACTS Pages 221-222 (Acts 6:5-8)

               Pg 221: In the first business transaction conducted by the local church that deals with money matters the "WHOLE multitude" (vs 5) is consulted. This sets     the precedence for a local church and shows that although the pastor and deacons may exercise spiritual authority, it is the congregation who decides the issues,       and they "vote" the deacons in "and THEY chose ... they set before the apostles" (vss 5,6).

 

BBC - ACTS Pages 221-222 (Acts 6:5-8)

               Pgs 221-222: Now, anyone familiar with the operation of the average Baptist church knows exactly what is involved in a church "vote" at a "business    meeting," and for this reason most of the larger churches in America are run by one man who hires and fires, selects teachers, appoints deacons, buys and sells,      teaches and preaches, and decides nearly all the issues for the congregation without consulting them first about anything. In religion (as in politics) it has been         found out long ago that the way to get a job done efficiently is by centralized control.

 

       Adolph did more to prosper Germany financially in 5 years (1933-1938) than his predecessors did in the 15 years before he came into power. Aside from        arguments about moral principles and political tactics, the fact remains that a dictator or a king can get more accomplished in 24 hours than a Democracy can in       three decades. [ The Devil knows this and so does the Lord, so the first form of government in Heaven was a Theocracy and the last one will be a Theocracy,        and the one preceding the last day (Rev 13,17) will be a Democracy.]

 

               Pg 222: The cost for true local church practice "according to the New Testament," is exposing the congregation to the wolves and peacocks of Acts 20: 29,   30; spending hours on your knees praying that the "politickers" in the congregation will hang themselves if they have enough rope; that the Associational       "Missionary" will not be able to bribe your deacons into getting the Sunday School literature of the NCCC; that Mrs. So-and-So will not be able to raise a majority     of her kinfolk to oust you because you hurt her feelings when you moved the piano (see Prov 18:19 and comments!); and that the two families who are trying to    get control of the finance committee will have their hands so full with "in-law problems" and job problems they won't have time to steal the ballots or bring people       to the business meeting who haven't been to church since Columbus discovered America. (Oh, yes! there is more going on in this country than bus ministries with 4000 in attendance!).

 

BBC - ACTS   Pages 420-421 (Acts 15: 6-12)

               Pg 420: Now we attend the second real "business meeting" of the church. The Holy Spirit is careful to avoid using the word "council" when describing this      meeting. Furthermore the church business here is doctrinal business (unlike Acts 6:1-5), and the purpose of it is to determine New Testament doctrine while the       Pauline Epistles are being written.  . . . . .

 

               Pgs 420-421: ". . . and when there had been MUCH DISPUTING" (VS 7) Sounds like a good old Wednesday night business meeting, doesn't it? . . . . .      Every local church that ever got "tore up" or "unhinged" was torn up and unhinged in a business meeting. I do not know of one exception to the rule in 24 years of        the ministry. The only way this can be avoided is for the pastor to control the meeting, the Sunday School, the Treasury, the board of Deacons, the teachers, the        bulletin, the church secretary, the flower committee, the janitor's closet, the parking lot, the pulpit, the nursery, and the principal. (Oh, I almost forgot the choir!)     Where there is real "liberty" in a local church there is always room for catastrophe, and there are always full-time "church operators" who think the highest calling on this earth for a Christian is to run other people's affairs. They all follow the same pattern; they all like to hold the reigns that control the horse, but none of them       like to be seen sitting on the "buckboard" when the wagon gets stuck.   When this happens it is always the pastor's fault! And the pastor - nine times out of ten -       hasn't had the reigns in his hands twice since the last time a wheel broke down. This kind of thing goes on day and night in more than 200 churches per state in     America. Where it is found in the New Testament I have no idea, but "much disputing" (vs 7) is so common among congregational church governments that if there wasn't a stink going on about something 24 hours a day you would think a Baptist Church had gone Liberal!        

 

BBC - ACTS   Page 434 (Acts 15: 13-23)

               The apostles (vs 23) are obviously the first class that needs to be mentioned. "The elders" (vs 1) are obviously the next class that needs to be mentioned,   since many of them were NOT "apostles." The "brethren" (vs 1) are obviously the third class, as many of them were neither "apostles" nor "elders." The        stupid conjecture that the "brethren" must be synonymous with the "elders" (on the basis of the Alexandrian and Western manuscripts) is just about as blind an exposition as you could attempt. The Holy Bible told you that it was "THE WHOLE CHURCH" (VS 22) that decided the matter: not the "elderly brethren." or      "the elders who were brethren." The "whole church" was NOT the "elders" or the "apostles," or the "elders and the apostles:" it was "THE BRETHREN."

 

BBC - ACTS   Pages 584-602 (Acts 20: 28-38)

               pg 597 "TAKE HEED therefore ... to all the FLOCK" (VS 28)!!

       "The flock," these days, is usually a ZOO. And if you are going to pastor the flock, you had better get prepared to either love them and give them their liberty in         Christ, or else avoid them and dictate terms of unconditional surrender to them; for as surely as Business Meetings tear up churches, there isn't one big church in   the United States where the members make the decisions. And if you are a "decision-making-member" you had better abandon all hope of ever getting credit for   "building a great work," for no first-rate pastor is going to tolerate your audacity and individuality for one minute: he is going to give you the boot!

 

BBC - ACTS   Pages 588 (Acts 20: 28-38)

               pg. 588: . . . . . You don't follow Paul (1Cor 11:1) unless you sit down with people in their homes and deal with them from an open Bible about their spiritual,        economic, domestic, religious, and mental problems; and if you think the Pauline epistles don't deal with those problems you've never read the Pauline epistles.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – PASTORAL EPISTLES

      

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY   Page 56 (1Tim 3:1-7)

       The passage deals with the qualifications of a "bishop," called an overseer in Acts 20:28, and called a pastor by modern Baptists. All three titles apply to a         shepherd (more exactly, an undershepherd) of a flock (see 1 Peter 5:1-4). A pastor or bishop is an ordained "elder" (Phil 1:1; Acts 14:23; 1Tim 5:17) whose rulership is spiritual (1Tim 5:17; Heb 13:17). There are no ARCHBISHOPS in the New Testament.  . . . . . .

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 66 (1Tim 3:8-13)

       The pastor is to be a "steward" of these mysteries (1Cor 4:1-2), and pass them on to others (2Tim 2:2).

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 68 (1Tim 3:8-13)

       The "good degree" is a high standing in the sight of the congregation, but this high standing is a SPIRITUAL high standing (as in the case of the elder who rules     "well"(see 5:17).

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 92 (1Tim 4:10-16)

       "Meditate upon these things..." (vs 15): the GIFT, READING, EXHORTATION, and DOCTRINE. "...give thyself wholly to them..." (vs 15). Be "ADDICTED" to them (cf. 1Cor 16:15) be a Christian "addict." After giving yourself wholly to God (see Rom 12:1-4), give yourself wholly to God's work. That is the only order for any real pastor so that "...we will give ourselves continually to prayer, and to the ministry of the word" (Acts 6:4).

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 93 (1Tim 4:10-16)

       '... that thy profiting may appear to all" (vs 15). Results and success are never to be the aims of the ministry, for all ministers will be tried for the QUALITY      of their work (1Cor 3:13, "of what SORT it is"). . . . . .

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 108 (1Tim 5:17-21)

 

       Five things are now said about the ordained “elder” (not just an older man as in verse 1) who functions in the church as a leader or overseer.

1.       If he rules WELL, he deserves twice the honor a man should ordinarily get.

2.       This is especially true in a case where his labor is in THE WORD and doctrine.

3.       You are to pay him for his work and labor (see 1 Cor 9:1-12).

4.      You are to rebuke him (or his adversaries) OPENLY when sin is apparent.

5.       You are not to believe any rumors about him unless two or more witnesses testify, and they have to confront him when they testify (see Matt 18:15-17 for an illustration).

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 109-110 (1Tim 5:17-21)

       What does it mean for an elder to “RULE WELL”?

1.       He is to volunteer for the office of Bishop or Pastor (1 Tim 3:1).

2.       His primary job is to FEED THE SHEEP (John 21:15-17, 1 Peter 5:1-4). It is NOT to win souls, it is NOT to control elections and governments, it is NOT to build large buildings, and it is NOT TO SET UP SCHOOLS AND RESCUE MISSIONS. His first job is to FEED THE SHEEP (1 Peter 5:1-4).

3.       He is to be an example to the flock: “Follow me. If I do it, you do it.”

4.       His motive for service is not to be the big paycheck (1 Peter 5:1-4).

5.       He is to nurse some sheep, father some sheep, and BEAT some sheep (1 Thess 5:14; 2 Thess 3:6).

6.       He is to kick some of the sheep out of the flock (1 Cor 5:13; 3 John 9-10).

7.       He is to pay his bills (1 Tim 3:7) and maintain the respect of the lost (not their LOVE: their respect).

8.       He is to declare ALL of the counsel of God (Acts 20:26-27), and he is to witness publicly and from “house to house,” as well as in the pulpit.

9.       He is to study and meditate in the Book day and night (Ps 1; 2 Tim 2:15)

10.   He is to follow the instructions given in 1 Tim 5:21-22, 4:12-16, and 6:1-12.

11.   He is to preach AGAINST people as well as things (1 Tim 6:3-5, 17, and 20-21; 2 Tim 2:17).

12.   He is to preserve the MYSTERIES in the faith (see comments under 1 Tim 3:16).

13.   He is to follow the instructions of 1 Thess 5:12-22 and Rom 12:7-21.

 

Now THAT is a good “ruler.” The rule is “over” other Christians in the Lord (Heb 13:17), and such a ruler is to be esteemed very highly in love for his      WORK’S sake, not just for himself (1 Thess 5:12-13).

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 111 (1Tim 5:17-21)

       The young pastor is to rebuke an elder if the two or three witnesses confront him in the pastor’s presence and he confesses guilt. Further, the pastor must rebuke   the witnesses if they turn out to be false. “OPENLY” means publicly, to the congregation.

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 114 (1Tim 5:22-25)

       “Lay hands suddenly on no man, neither be partaker of other men’s sins…” (vs 22). The two things come together by association, for if you ordain a    novice hastily (see 3:6 and remarks), you are indirectly responsible for his sins when he “blows it.”

 

BBC – TITUS  Page 353 (Titus 2:1-6)

       The WORD OF GOD IS “BLASPHEMED” WHEN:

1.A man preaches what he does not practice or teaches what he does not practice (Rom

   2:24).

2.       A servant refuses to obey his master with the right spirit (1Tim 6:1-4).

3.       A Christian woman argues and fights with her husband (text, and Titus 2:5).

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – HEBREWS

BBC – HEBREWS  Pages  218-219 (Heb 10:15-25)

       Now a “pastor” should have a natural love for people as PEOPLE, as well as individuals.

 

       . . . . . It is a great blessing every time I mount the pulpit to preach, because I am never prejudiced in favor of anyone. What you know about the individual lives        of the members of your congre-gation will not affect and twist your message because IT IS OF NO IMPORTANCE TO YOU.

       How is that for a blessing? I can be with Christians (say four or five hundred of them) and know all kinds of things about them that are just terrible and still love them in the Lord and overlook their failures . . . . .

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page  240  (Heb 11: 1-7)

       There has to be a time in your life when you learn to live the life of faith, learn to trust God, and learn to act on faith.

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page  241  (Heb 11: 1-7)

       Now, here is where the matter of FAITH pops up. When a young man answers the call to the pastorate, he is supposed to have been exercised in the life of faith.        “No pew can get any higher than the pulpit.” If the preacher hasn’t ever lived by faith, who in the congregation is going to learn anything about it?

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page  261  (Heb 11: 14-22)

       Faith that is not tried is not real faith.

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page  346-347  (Heb 13: 7-9)

       “Remember them which have the rule over you…” (vs 7). It is plainly a spiritual rule that he is talking about, exactly as Paul worded in 1 Timothy 5:17     (“let the elders that rule well…”) and 1 Timothy 3:4 (one that ruleth his own house…”).

       . . . . . “whose faith follow, considering the end of their conversation” (vs 7). The “ruler” here is plainly a spiritual ruler . . . . .

 

HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE   Page 5

       If you sit in judgement on the Book, then YOU are the final judge. You are superior to the Book, and that is the message you will convey to every young man     who sits in front of you. You will, consciously or unconsciously, take the Holy Spirit’s place in the Trinity and cause every man-following man in that room to     follow YOU instead of GOD ALMIGHTY.

 

HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE   Page 8

       . . . . . When you are completely dedicated to establishing your authority at the expense of God’s word, you can never see the verses that are AIMED AT      YOUR SINS.

 

HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE   Page 47

       This means that the first fundamental of all fundamentals, taking precedence over EVERY so called “essential doctrine” or “essential fundamental,” is “Who      gets to run whom?

 

HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE   Page 69

       . . . . . A Bible teacher who cannot defend his position or destroy a false position with scripture is not in the action; he has deserted. He is not “a good soldier of       Jesus Christ”; he is a coward. If a “Bible teacher” cannot speak according to the scriptures (Isa. 8:20), he is not a Bible teacher; . . . . .

 

HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE   Page 83

 

       Show the Bible student what the Book says about soul winning, prayer, assembling together, forgiveness of sins, self-judgement, devotions, personal work,    witnessing, charity, giving, praising God, and clean living. But never make the mistake of thinking that when teaching these things you are teaching the Bible: the    Bible is a BOOK, not a series of things taken out of a BOOK. You can use scripture, and you should use it in abundance in dealing with all of the human and       practical problems that will come up in life and in the ministry; but this is not teaching the BIBLE. This is USING the Bible to teach something. Do you get the       difference?

 

HOW TO TEACH THE BIBLE   Page 86

       A real BIBLE TEACHER will not hesitate to correct every one of them (plus the men who taught them) with THE BOOK. Where the Bible corrects them, he will follow it instead of them. The real Bible teacher can never be a follower of any man or group of MEN (note how that last definition condemns the educational   institutions who condemn others for “following a man”). No man or group of men are the final authority for ANYTHING. The Holy Bible is the final authority.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 3, Pg. 31

. . . . . Luther had come to be strongly suspicious of church-state setups of any kind-even Lutheran. The old Krauthead, if he had lived, might yet have made a   good Baptist. Baptists believe in congregational autonomy; the local church is the ruling body in all matters and is subject only to God’s Holy Word,” to quote        pastor Robinson.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 4, Pg. 49

                . . . . . Edwin Hall states that principles of the body of Christians in the Book of Acts were republican principles: voluntary association (not forced busing or race mixing), voluntary assembly, and majority voting (not by an electoral college), and that the leaders were chosen according to their ability to serve the body (not by their massive incomes or press reputations).

 

THE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY   Page 161

(Quote from Knights of Columbus literature) . . . . . One can almost see the “Knights of Columbus” penning, “Jesus delivered power to His one TRUE      CHURCH, which is the CATHOLIC CHURCH; therefore, the rulers of the Church HAVE THE AUTHORITY OF CHRIST HIMSELF, AND HAVE POWER        TO . . . . . “

 

 

RUCKMAN'S QUOTE'S: APOSTASY IN THE CHURCH

(Bold, Italics, & CAPITALS - Dr. Peter Ruckman's. Underlines are mine.)

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – BOOK OF ACTS

 

BBC - ACTS   Page 418 (Acts 15:1-5)

                ". . . certain of the SECT of the Pharisees which BELIEVED . . ."(vs 5).

       The last two words are ominous for it shows that a born-again believer can take part in sectarian views which are typical of "Cults" - not "Denominations."

 

BBC - ACTS   Page 626  (Acts 21: 32-40)

               The persecuting spirit is seen demonstrated in this chapter. It is a formal spirit (vs 30) that centers around physical objects; it is an ignorant spirit (vs 34)   that comes from emotional feelings instead of investigation; it is a perverse spirit (vs 29) that refuses to accept a fact when presented; it is an unreasonable spirit         (vs 31, 36) demanding death for a man of different religious beliefs, and it is an intolerant spirit (vs 28) that will not stand for any opinion but its own.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – COLOSSIANS

 

BBC - COLOSSIANS   Page 542-343 (Col 2:8-15)

       "The tradition of men" is to reject the truth, alter the truth, camouflage the truth, hide the truth, imitate the truth, slander the truth, resent the truth, disobey the truth, and get rid of the truth (Matt 15:2,3).

      

       "The tradition of men" (Mark 7:3,5,8,9,13) is to make it a practice of adjusting any truth which is detrimental to their own self interests to a place where it is        profitable and expedient to their own self interests.

 

BBC - COLOSSIANS   Page 633 (Col 4:12-18)

       We have known modern Christians in this century (who were "Fundamental, Pre-millennial, etc.") who professed to believe in the Absolute Authority of the Bible       and then stated their personal opinions as Divine Fiats of God's decrees. Every one of them rejected the AV as an "Infallible Authority." Every one of them   worshipped his WORK instead of his Saviour, and every one of them feared and hated real Bible believers.

 

BBC - COLOSSIANS   Page 634 (Col 4:12-18)

       . . . . . However, to all practical purposes, the modern Demas approaches "the ministry" in this same fashion. He is only using the Bible as a TOOL to present an earthly, literal, visible "testimony." He doesn't believe it any more than some of you do; he only finds it "expedient" to use it and profitable to profess faith in it. This is the opportunist of 2Tim 4:10, and Colossians is written to warn this class of Christians that they are NOT fulfilling the ministry given to them.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – PASTORAL EPISTLES

 

BBC – 1 TIMOTHY  Page 167 (1Tim 6:17-21)

       B. THE MARK OF A LAODICEAN APOSTATE:

1.        He is proud.

2.        He knows nothing.

3.        He is hung up on questions and strifes.

4.        He is motivated by envy.

5.        He has a corrupt mind.

6.        He is destitute of the truth.

7.        He mistakes GAIN for godliness.

 

BBC – 2 TIMOTHY  Page 288 (2Tim 4:1-5)

       The passage is a reference to apostasy WITHIN the body of Jesus Christ.

 

BBC – 2 TIMOTHY  Page 289 (2Tim 4:1-5)

       The modern apostasy is within the Body of Christ.. . . . .Apostasy is not an “instant” product. It doesn’t “pop up.” It has grounds, roots, seeds, sprouts, shoots,    branches, and trunks in every decade, and in every decade it begins exactly the same way – at least in the United States of America. It begins with correcting        and altering the AV text with “Christian” scholarship.

 

BBC – TITUS  Page 337 (Titus 1:10-16)

       The word “SUBVERT” contains the method (and result) used to “overthrow” or “ruin” or “upset”, but the modern revisers, having had no experience at all in the     practical, Biblical, soul winning aspects of the ministry, simply cannot grasp what the word means. The same word will be found in the same epistle in Titus 3:11,       with exactly the same meaning. “SUB” is to go under (submarine, subway, subliminal level, etc.), To “subvert” them is to put them under you, down under your        feet, where you can control them by standing on their necks  . . . . .

 

BBC – TITUS  Page 337 (Titus 3:1-7)

       . . . . .In the Laodicean vocabulary, TRUTH is evil-speaking.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – HEBREWS

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page 188 (Heb 9:25-28)

       The fact that any 14 year old child at the Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida, is familiar with these Biblical truths while the faculty at Bob Jones    University couldn’t find any one of them is only one more Laodicean testimony to the fact that the present apostasy, which began in 1880, has nothing to do with       Liberals or Neo-Evangelicals – it is in the Body of Christ.

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page  250  (Heb 11: 7-13)

       . . . . . That is how all apostasy starts: you profess what you do not really believe.

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page  265  (Heb 11: 14-22)

       . . . . . All apostasy begins in Christian colleges and universities; it always has, and it always will.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – REVELATION

 

BBC - THE BOOK OF REVELATION  pgs. 16 & 17

            . . . . . The Jehovah Witness teach that you are going to reign on earth with Christ, and not reign in heaven. And that is true, but it is only a partial truth; and a   partial truth is the biggest lie that hell ever hatched.

 

BBC - THE BOOK OF REVELATION  pgs. 38 & 39

 "The word 'Nicolaitane' is a Greek word that has not been translated. For example, the Greek word 'petra' means rock. (Our word 'petrified' comes from it).   Now, if you translated 'petra', you would write 'rock'. But if you transliterated it, you would write 'petra'. That is, in transliteration, you take literally what it says         in the language and transfer it to English letters. When you translate, you take the word and say what it means in the other language. We have this several    times in the new 'Bibles". Instead of translating the word 'hades' as 'hell', they simply write 'hades', which is not a translation. 'Hades' is simply the Greek word   spelled out with English letters: it has not been translated into English. In a translation, you tell what the word means: in transliteration, you just spell the word out in English letters instead of Greek letters.

 

'Nicolaitines' is not a translation, but a transliteration. To understand the word, you almost have to get a concordance and run down the Greek. (I very seldom       refer to the Greek, if ever. It has been used time and time again to prove a lie, so I stick to the English which sticks to the truth. I only use the Greek to back up     what the English says. Greek scholars use the Greek to prove that they are right, no matter what the English says).

 

Nicolaitines - 'Nikao' means to conquer. 'Laos' (Laity) means common, ordinary people. For example: we talk about 'clergy' and 'laity'. We talked about       Methodist 'laymen'. Now the average Methodist doesn't know where the word comes from anymore. It comes out of the Book of Revelation. A 'layman' is a     common, ordinary man. A distinction is made between 'clergy' and 'laity', but the Bible does not make this demarcation. Hence, the doctrine of the      'Nicolaitines' means the doctrine of how to conquer the common people!  The doctrine of the Nicolaitines is a doctrine set up whereby the clergy becomes a   special priest-class in a special position, ruling the average ordinary Christian. Of course, this is a heresy and a pagan perversion of the Christian Bible.

 

In the word of God, every Christian is in the Body of Christ; every Christian is anointed. God is no respecter of persons, and the only difference between     'clergy' and 'laity', in the word of God, is that the ordinary, common, everyday Christian has not, perhaps been set apart for the full-time official position in the        Body of Christ, as a leader. However, every Christian in the Body of Christ has been called to preach, called to witness, and called to work for the Lord Jesus             Christ. God knows nothing about a 'ruling class' of people who rule the 'common people'. The only power that a bishop, or an elder, or a deacon has in the New       Testament to rule is spiritual power.

 

This word 'Nicolaitines' doesn't mean to rule spiritually, it means to conquer. You are not supposed to conquer the common people, and get the upper hand,      and 'lord it over them' (I Pet. 5:1-4). You are supposed to lead them, guide them, and direct them. Your spiritual power as a bishop, deacon, elder or minister is         spiritual only. The 'doctrine of the Nicolaitines', then, is the doctrine that a certain class of Christians should conquer another class of Christians. It is a    doctrine which God hates (see the text)."

 

            Rev. 2:6 "But this thou hast, that thou hatest the deeds of the Nicolaitines, which I also hate."

            Rev. 2:15 "So hast thou also them that hold the doctrine of the Nicolaitines, which thing I hate."

 

THE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY   Pages 190-192

       The development of this hybrid monstrosity begins with the old issue which is behind every issue on earth – who gets to run it?

 

       The actual apostasy leading to the predominance of Rome begins in the 1st and 2nd centuries. And before there is any contest or debate about who is the leader,    there is inward corruption and internal disintegration among the body of believers who follow the apostles.

 

       This gradual deification of the clergy over the laity is called the “doctrine of the Nicolaitines,” in Rev 2; it means the doctrine of going back under the Old     Testament and stealing the Jewish theocracy, with its priesthood, then misapplying it to the church. This develops two kinds of people – Clergy and Laity – with   the Clergy ruling  over the Laity.

 

THE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY   Pages 208-209

       Looking at the problems from Lucifer’s point-of-view, the weakest point in man’s defense against delusion lies in man’s innate and inherent desire to “ascend up to   heaven” and be like God (see Gen 3 and Isa 14).

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Introduction, Pg. ix    

         All apostasy begins with questioning what God said (Gen 3:1). And all men who promote or tolerate (or aid or encourage) apostasy recommend conflicting    authorities so that they themselves (or their friends or employers) can become the final authority.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chapter 1, Pg. 3 

       . . . . . Just because a man professes to believe that the Bible is the word of God doesn’t mean that he believes anything of the kind. Profession doesn’t end the      matter.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chapter 1, Pgs.  4-5

       In this history we will see a cycle unraveling before our eyes that will repeat itself several times; at least enough times so that we can identify it as a law of history that operates independently of anyone’s analysis of it or their feelings about it. The cycle goes like this: 

  

   1. Preaching, which may be called “Evangelism.”

               2. Teaching, which may stand for “Education.”

               3. Culture, which means the introduction of science, philosophy and tradition (Col 2:8,  

    1Tim 6:20) into the teaching (or education).

   4. Apostasy, which includes ecumenical overtures (compromise) with pagan religious

    systems or unsaved people.

   5. Paganism, which means the original condition the populace was in before they were

    “evangelized (Point 1).

 

These five steps will be found in a reoccurring cycle throughout the entire history of the church, and they may match another format which runs as follows:

 

1. A Man, this involves the preaching and evangelization.

2. A Movement, this involves the setting up of teaching facilities and institutions.

3. A Machine, this involves regimentation and patterning the system after the world’s

    system of education (colleges and universities).

4. A Monument, this means the Holy Spirit has departed, abandoning the institution to

    paganism: discipline and academic standards are substituted for the liberty and power

    of the Holy Spirit.

5. Materialism, there is no shred of the movement left.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chapter 4, Pgs. 62-63

Here, in Cyprian, we have a genuine perverter of Biblical truth who loved the Lord enough to die for him. Who could resist the theology of such a “godly”     apostate? In such a situation, the duty of a fellow apostate is clear; believe him on the grounds of his moral courage and to . . . with the Bible; accept his opinion        as infallible truth on the grounds that you LIKE it.

 

 . . . . And authority is and has been (and always will be) the issue (Gen 3:1, Isa 14:13-14).

 

. . . .  The seeds of the pagan papacy are not to be found in 325 A.D. at Constantine’s council: oh no, by then the plant is well above ground; the seeds of the   papacy are found in the writings of Cyprian . . . . .

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chap. 8, Pgs. 133-134

       . . . . . After all, the main issue was never anything but authority to start with. There never has been any other issue in 6,000 years of history. 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chap. 8, Pg. 137 

. . . . . Every one of these pagan superstitions came about from rejecting the authority of the Bible and replacing it with some other authority. The three competing authorities for the word of God (which produced this ghastly mess) are listed in the word of God. They are:

1. Science (1Tim 6:20)

2. Tradition (Col 2:8)

3. Philosophy (Col 2:8)

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chapter 10, Pg. 186

       . . . . . Dual authorities which conflict lead to apostasy.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH  - VOL. I, Chapter 12, Pg. 207

"The political unity of an ecclesiastical dictatorship was never in the mind of God when speaking of "unity" (I Peter 5: 1-5, Gal. 6: 1)."

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chapter 14, Pg. 306

       Now the standard way to obliterate truth, or cover it up, practiced by all educated people (lawyers, scholars, teachers, scientists, sociologists,    doctors, and    writers) is to raise up more than one conflicting authority so that neither authority can posit a clear-cut judgement: confuse the issue.

 

 THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 18, Pg. 425

       . . . . . Fundamentalism in itself, without belief in and reliance on the BOOK, is a dead duck.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 18, Pg. 426

       . . . . . One step beyond a BIBLICAL education lands the Bible believer in the lap of the  Alexandrian Cult (Chapter 5, CULT from “Culture”) and once this step    is taken the toboggan is faced down hill with a full load. Evangelism and knowledge of the Bible are the limits of a Christian education within the covers of the    Book itself. Any additional material must be in subjection to its words or it will eventually replace those words: that is the desperate and tragic lesson that        history demonstrates over ten thousand times in every century without one variation.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Intro., Pg. vii 

5. The true church uses the Bible as the yardstick by which everything is to be judged; the false church will use tradition (“the historic Fundamentalist position”    etc.), church fathers (“good, godly, dedicated men”), councils, philosophy, Greek scholarship, or any other yardstick to prove anything.  Thus, the standards for      morals and conduct differ.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Intro., Pg. xii 

. . . . . “Historic positions” are often alibis used to overthrow the authority of God Almighty.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Intro., Pg. xiii

. . . . .  the reader may look forward to the next twenty years (if the Lord tarries) as the high-water mark of the greatest apostasy in the history of the church. It will originate with the faculty members of schools who profess to believe in “the verbally inspired originals.” That is where apostasy ALWAYS originates (Gen 3:10.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 2, Pg. 17

. . . . . An apostate school or church is never “reformed” by anyone. A Christian who desires to stay in fellowship with the Lord must leave them.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 4, Pg. 56

. . . . . Hypocrites always have a double standard.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 11, Pg. 168

       . . . . . Apostate Christians have always been anxious to defend PROFESSIONAL LIARS.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 16, Pg. 254

          . . . . . These educated fakirs have always assumed that “corruption” is limited to beer, whiskey, cigarettes, short skirts, Neoorthodoxy or “Neoevangelicalism”.”      Nothing could be more naïve or more tragic.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 17, Pg. 269

       . . . . . Their leaders (Bob Jones Jr., Bob Jones III, Jack Hyles, Jerry Falwell, Lee Roberson, Tom Malone, Arlin Horton, Dayton Hobbs, Rodney Bell, etc.) had made the ghastly mistake of thinking that rules and regulations could produce spiritual Bible-believing Christians. Nothing of the kind happened.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 17, Pg. 271

. . . . . To keep themselves from falling apart while carrying out this persecution, a complex system of disciplines, formats, rules and regulations were installed;       this was done to make the body of Christ think they had to be SPIRITUAL because they were ORDERLY.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 17, Pg. 281

In Laodicea PROFESSION rarely means anything.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 17, Pg. 284 

. . . . .  He had forgotten that the Fundamentalists who had the highest standards of separation in the New Testament were the Fundamentalists who    murdered Jesus Christ (Mark 7:2, John 18:28).

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 17, Pg. 286

 . . . . . To them not only the “fundamentals” but also the Book itself are tools for obtaining control and getting attention. What they can’t   understand and what they can’t control takes attention from them so they label it “heresy” or as a “cult” and abandon it. Their real concern is for         nothing more than their own opinions and their own ministries; one might say that Laodicean “convictions” for a “militant Fundamentalist” in 1983   amount to self-love and self-interest shellacked with a veneer of moral principles and theological professions. The Holy Spirit will not be found      nowhere in the operation.

 

. . . . . Like all Christian degenerates (the Adamic nature is in every saved sinner), these operators push Biblical truth aside and obliterate the lessons of church history . . . . . The only thing that men learn from history is that men never learn from history.

 

 

 

 

RUCKMAN’S QUOTE’S: HERESY AND HERETICS

(Bold, Italics, & CAPITALS - Dr. Peter Ruckman's. Underlines are mine.)

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – BOOK OF ACTS

 

BBC - ACTS   Page 669  (Acts 24: 10-21)

               . . . . . You see the apostates are quite willing to call something "damnable" (2Pet 2:1) a "heresy" but are not willing to admit that Pauline Biblical       Christianity (Acts 24:14,15) is looked upon as a "heresy" by others! But it IS, friend, and you cannot reserve the right to call false teachers and prophets of 2Pet     2:1 "heretics" and escape the charge yourself if you are a Bible Believer.

 

               . . . . . Furthermore, you can always spot a real heretic for a real heretic has to use coercion, litigation, slander, political power, force, violence, or persecution to obtain his objectives. Truth can stand on its own feet: Heresy always needs a fleshy or worldly prop to keep it from falling.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – GALATIANS

 

BBC - GALATIANS Page 160 (Gal 5:19-26)

       An "infidel" and a "heretic" are two different birds. An infidel does not believe revealed truth. A heretic accepts revealed truth and then alters it and twists it to    serve his own ends. . . . .

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – PASTORAL EPISTLES

 

BBC – TITUS  Page 385 (Titus 3:8-11)

       . . . . .A real heretic would teach a way called heresy(Acts 24:14), not just be a “division” or “factious” or “divisive.” Observe how the original English   preserves the meaning of both words so that it is apparent that real Bible believers will be called “HERETICS” by heretics.

 

BBC – TITUS  Page 386 (Titus 3:8-11)

       . . . . .A heresy is a FALSE TEACHING, and the heretic is a FALSE TEACHER.

 

BBC – TITUS  Page 387 (Titus 3:8-11)

       Heretics are subverted(vs 11), being “put under” (see 1:11 and comments) by their own sins (vs 11). Having set themselves up as the final authority in all      matters of faith and practice (neatly disguised as the “opinions” and “preferences” and “teachings” of their friends and associates!), they have been WRITTEN    OFF BY GOD (Dan 5:27). Saved or lost, they are worthless as teachers or guides. Their sins have them underfoot. (Judg 9:24).

 

       The heretic knows something about himself that the Bible believer may not know. He knows that he has already examined the truth (and the evidence for the        truth) and rejected it for CARNAL reasons: fleshly advantage of some kind. This is why he will not be reformed no matter how much evidence is presented.     . . . . .but the real heretic is not to be reformed by anyone being nice, giving documented facts, treating him with consideration, pointing to chapter and verse,        dealing with him courteously, or “giving him the benefit of the doubt.” The real heretic (see the heresies taught and listed above in every major Christian    university, seminary, and college in America and Europe) will reject Biblical truth as fast as it appears.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY - HEBREWS

BBC – HEBREWS  Page 189  (Heb 9:25-28)

       . . . . . Every scriptural falsehood in this age is a scriptural truth that has been misplaced.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 9, Pg. 139

"Heresy" is a Bible word (AV) and it is first found in connection with Bible-believing Christians (Acts 24:14). The idea behind "heresy" is that someone who    professes to believe the Bible is using the Bible to prove or teach something that is not so (I Cor. 11:19).

 

. . . . . “Good men” are often a rotten example for each other.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 9, Pg. 141

            Now this should suffice to show the reader what our conception of a “heretic” is. When a Christian will add to the book (Prov 30:6) or take from it (Rev 22:19)         or pervert it (Jer 23:36) or refuse to believe it (2 Kings 7:2, John 5:44), at that point he is a heretic. This is not to say that his life constitutes the life of an infidel     or a heretic. Christians are guilty of unbelief and heresy at different times for different reasons. But the important thing to note is that no Bible believer would         think of persecuting a Christian “heretic” if he found one.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 9, Pg. 147

            . . . . . The word “heresies” (1 Cor 11:19) is a reference to false teaching by Christians in the local church (1 Cor 11:19). So, we will use the term throughout ` this church history in the scriptural sense: i.e. a “heretic” is a Bible believer who distorts, perverts, misappropriates, or misapplies the words of God to teach       something that is not compatible with, nor in agreement with, the words of God.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 9, Pg. 148

            Stephan was accused of heresy (Acts 6:11). Paul was mobbed for heresy (Acts 21:28). The councils (Acts 23:1) were the authority in both of the cases cited.
            . . . . .  We must recognize that there are two natures in every Christian; an old nature and a new one. The old nature in an educated Christian is constantly         tempted to usurp the authority of the Bible when it commands certain practices and to usurp the authority of the Holy Spirit in teaching those commandments.       Saved people can certainly teach false doctrine.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 9, Pg. 150

            Here, then, is witnessed a trend or principle in church history which can be applied throughout; church leaders and theologians can absorb and condone     practical heresy and unscriptural dogmas through churches and schools while they are fighting heresies in the councils and “standing for the faith” in      “congresses.”
 
THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 9, Pg. 164

. . . . . "There are "heretics" and then there are heretics!"

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 10, Pg. 176

 "..... every dissenting group of people from 100-1980 A.D. who believed the Bible (and did not knuckle down to the ecclesiastical powers of their day) were       called "heretics" (Acts 24:14), for after all, that is the New Testament designation for a real believer." 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 12, Pg. 209

       . . . . . Hypocrites always have good motives (John 11:50).

 
THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – V0L. 1, Chapter 15, Pg. 340

       5. The ultimate and final authority for the church is the BIBLE, and the Bible does not get its authority from the church, but rather vice versa.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 2, Pg. 20

. . . . . The real heretics were the dead orthodox apostates who branded Bible believers as heretics.

 

 

 

MISCELLANEOUS QUOTES - RELATED SUBJECTS

 

BIBLE BELIEVER'S COMMENTARY - BOOK OF ACTS

 

BBC - ACTS   Pages 218-220 (Acts 6:1-4)

 

               Pgs 219-220: ". . . the MINISTRY OF THE WORD" (vs 4) is the ministry of a living organism (Heb. 4:12) which gives life to the hearer (James 1:21) and       sustains that new life (Luke 4:4). Ninety percent of the professors and scholars at Christian universities who have deceived themselves into thinking they have     been called to minister the word, do not know what the WORD is. Their ministry, typified by such nonsense as "The Biblical Viewpoint" (BJU, Greenville, S.C.)     consists of the ministry of Schaff, Robertson, James Bond, Nestle, Ellicott, Lightfoot, the Wizard of Id, Sanday, Astruc, Clint Eastwood, Vincent, Trench, Wuest,        and Marzy Doats. "The Biblical Viewpoint" is "The Non-Biblical Viewpoint." It is the viewpoint of destructive Greek scholarship aimed at overthrowing the       authority of the AV 1611 and replacing it with the authority of "Christian Education." John R. Rice ("Sword of the Lord," Feb. 28, 1973) approves of this viewpoint and takes it himself when altering the Biblical texts. There is more real "ministry of the word" in one book by Clarence Larkin or Sydney Collett       than any ten issues of "The Biblical Viewpoint" . . . . . When you "minister" the word you get a hold of it till it gets a hold of you (2Sam 23:10!!) and then        apply it (Jer 48:10) till it draws blood (Jud 3:21), and either slays the antagonist (Heb 4:12), or amputates the gangrenous member (Ps 119:67). When you   "minister" the word you pour it forth into the wound of a broken heart or distracted soul like oil or wine (Luke 10:34). To the starving sinner seeking the truth "the        ministry of the word" is like tablespoons of honey (Ps 119:103) followed by a long draught of clean, fresh, cold, clear, spring water (Prov 25:25) - WEEELLLL     GLORY!!

 

BBC - ACTS   Page 442 (Acts 15: 36-41)

               Pg 442: [Some of the holiest, "godliest," cleanest "Spirit-filled" people you ever met in your life would cut you down with their tongue, behind your back, until      you were almost as "blameless" and "godly" as they were!]

              

               Pg 442: Every Christian has an Achilles" heel, and if you ever make the mistake of thinking any "bishop" meets all the requirements of 1 timothy 3:1-9 the       Lord will change your theology before you can take another step down the race track. Where a church demands a batting average of 1000 from a "bishop" they are usually batting under 300 themselves.

 

BBC - ACTS   Page 444 (Acts 15: 36-41)

               Pg 444: . . . . . When a ministerial candidate came to one of these churches he was told that their first requirement for a pastor was not to have fellowship      with "so-and-so"! A real scriptural requirement if you ever heard of it! And the real joker about this class of "blameless" Christians is they always have the wild      idea that they are more spiritual than any group (or man) they find fault with. It never fails (1Cor 3:3); the group whose motive for serving is envy, spite, or competition always presumes that they are "spiritual!"

 

BBC - ACTS   Page 527 (Acts 1: 7-11)

               The most gifted church (1Cor 12) was also the most CARNAL church, and although they had "knowledge" (1Cor       8:1) from nearly two years of Bible teaching by the greatest Bible teacher who ever lived, they still moved in an environment quite similar to any large city in America today with a population over 80,000. In this fleshy atmosphere the carnal qualities rose up pretty quickly - "strife and division" (1Cor 3:3).

 

BBC – ACTS   Pages 584-602 (Acts 20: 28-38)                       

               pg. 586: . . . . . Paul never took his foot off the accelerator when he hit something like envy, spite, lying, laziness, defrauding, backbiting, gossiping, stealing, exaggerating, embezzling, and covetousness, where these things applied to saved Fundamentalists.

 

BBC – ACTS   Pages 584-602 (Acts 20: 28-38) 

               pg. 588: . . . . . You don't follow Paul (1Cor 11:1) unless you sit down with people in their homes and deal with them from an open Bible about their spiritual,        economic, domestic, religious, and mental problems; and if you think the Pauline epistles don't deal with those problems you've never read the Pauline epistles

 

               pgs 593-594: . . . . . The elder must take heed to himself (vs 28) if we are to believe 1 Timothy 1-3, and THEN to the flock (1 Tim 4:16). "For I know this, that after my departing shall grievous wolves enter in among you, not sparing the FLOCK" (VS 29). [Cf. John 10:1-20.] It never fails to happen. Whenever a pastor leaves, who has been unselfish and really concerned about his charge (and his people), Diotrephes shows up within 24 hours! Lurking in every    fundamental church in the country are the proud, self-righteous Christians whose frustrated ambition to become famous as an "operator" drives them to "serving   the Lord." These people are usually separated (as the Pharisees) and they believe in the Fundamentals (the Devil could recite the Nicene Creed without batting    an eye!). But they always think of dedication and consecration as an outward appearance before the world. That is, they are sacramental in their approach to      the inner life and the heart attitude of the Christian. They go by four rules which prove to themselves (and others) that they are "godly" people.

               1.  They never fail to attend regularly - this appears good.

               2.  They never fail to give regularly - this appears good.

               3. They look upon sins of sex as unpardonable and in a peculiar category that makes them "very bad" this appears good.

   4. They consider it a "ministry" to discuss other people's private affairs and politic to get control over people like themselves.

 

               These wolves in sheep's clothing (vs 29), like the Asiatic wolf,  usually travel in PAIRS. and behind the innocent smiling mask of the meek and gentile    "lambkin" there runs the slobbering saliva of a ravenous beast between jaw teeth that would break your arm off if they ever got hold of it. Every church has them.     They have no real Bible convictions at all when pinned right down to the mat. They "like" those who "like them" and they dislike those who dislike them. (Matt      5:46), and that is the extent of their Christianity. You play ball with them, they'll play ball with you; you cross them, they'll cut your throat from ear to ear. And they      will tolerate any preaching as long as it is not aimed directly at them! You can flush them out of any flock by spending two months preaching on slander, gossip, covetousness, envy, hatred, conceit, and self-righteousness. These sins are never "confessed" by this class of people, and if there is such a thing as "living in sin"      (which there is NOT for a believer "IN CHRIST") they do it. Their whole lives are dedicated to self-justification to compensate for an inner life that is the life of     a 3-year-old child. The word of God does not motivate them when they read it, teach it, or hear it taught or preached. Their motives for service are either     recognition or control, and nothing will make them more furious than "ALL THE COUNSEL OF GOD" on the inner life. They care nothing about ANY        "flock" (vs 29).           

 

               pg 595: . . . . . Again, all of us have seen these disguised wolves entering a local church and working their way up into positions of authority to deliver the        work to an Association, Conference, or a Convention, and sometime they have taken control of the Trustees and have sold a church to people who have no greater   ambition in life than to become famous by altering the Authorized Version. "Grievous wolves" can describe a great group of professing Christians who care     nothing about the spiritual welfare of the flock, while professing to be the most concerned about it. But if you are really concerned about a flock:

 

1.       You will not overcharge them for your care and maintenance.

2.       You will feed them and never let them go hungry to make yourself a name.

3.       You will put up with their grumbling and griping and love them just the same.

4.       You will minister to them and enter into their sorrows and troubles while sharing 

                    them as your own.

 

Now, these are the true tests, and all of this modern garbage about "hurting your testimony" and "ruining our testimony" and "what will people think?" comes     from self-righteous sacramentalists who want to run the show themselves so they will not have to bear any reproach themselves. They spend their lives trying to        find fault in the "brethren" so they themselves can get into the driver's seat. [As one pastor said: "I've got something on him now!" You do? Well, then God will have to GET SOMETHING ON YOU!]

 

               . . . . . If you are such a spiritual giant (or "godly character"), what are you doing condemning a brother for stumbling where you yourself would have fallen   flat on your face.

      

               pg 596: . . . . . "Also of your own selves shall men arise . . .  to draw away disciples after them" (vs 30). Every pastor is well acquainted with the       problem. Trouble not only comes from outside as the interdenominational Socialists attach themselves to the local church to ruin it, but also from within where       some man feels the need of getting a following because his own wife doesn't think enough of him to follow him to the grocery store. Where a woman controls the        household and runs the man, the man is almost forced to run the church in order to prove that he is a man! At least this is how it works among many of the   "dedicated Christians" who have such "sweet testimonies"!

 

                      pg 601: . . . . . You may give without loving - like the Pharisees of verses 29, 30, who cared nothing for the flock - but you cannot love without giving.

 

               You can give without loving. As a matter of fact. You can preach without loving, you can win souls without loving, you can support a work without loving               it, you can build a work without loving it, you can read your Bible without loving it, you can obey God without loving Him, and can live a "clean life"         because you don't have the guts to risk a bad reputation. Motive! Motive! "For man looketh on the outward appearance, but the LORD looketh on THE        HEART" (1Sam 16:7).

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – BOOK OF ACTS

 

BBC – ACTS   Page 701  (Acts 26: 12-24)

               . . . . . [Truth doesn't need a prop; it stands on its own feet, and it doesn't have to CENSOR anyone else's material (Jer 23:38). Read what you like, they're      your eyes, not mine; and it will be free country until religious "nuts" dictate what you can read and what you can't. If you don't like "the majority of accredited    nincompoops" junk em. If you don't like the King James Bible, don't fool with it. Truth can stand on its own feet (Jer 23:28) no matter how many "godly Conservatives" agree to its alterations.]   

 

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – GALATIANS

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 75 (Gal 3:1-9)

       You cannot do anything with the flesh. You can prime it, pamper it, primp it, crucify it, cultivate it, educate it, exercise it, and suppress it and it is still flesh (cf.    comments under Phil 3:21 - "vile flesh").

 

 

          No, the Christian life is begun by grace through faith when the Holy Spirit enters and seals the believer (Eph 1:13). It is, therefore, to be lived by grace through faith   (Gal 3:11) in the power of the Holy Spirit (see Gal 6:14).

 

BBC – GALATIANS   Page 108 (Gal 3:19-19)

       “. . . for ye are all one IN CHRIST JESUS” (VS 28). Don’t leave out the last three words. The scripture knows of NO unity outside of the unity of Christians    IN CHRIST (John 17:21).

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 108 (Gal 3:19-29)

       Paul is driving it home with everything he can get his hands on. You are Abraham's SPIRITUAL SEED, because the "seed" of verse 16 is SPIRITUAL. "In Christ" believers are One Spirit (1Cor 12:13), and One Spirit put them in Christ (Eph 4:5) apart from water baptism or heathen "sacraments". "In Christ" there is no difference SPIRITUALLY between men and women, slaves and masters, Jews and Gentiles (1Cor 12:13). If you are "in Christ", you are entitled to the spiritual    promises which God gave to Abraham's SEED (Isaac), for you "are . . . Abraham's seed" (vs 29).

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 141 (Gal 5:1-6)

       The Christian should stand and stand fast (vs 1) in the liberty that Christ made for him (Rom 7:1-3). He is not to go back under the ceremonial observances of the      law, for they have nothing to do with his justification (vs 4). The legalizers who count on these things have been knocked from "amazing grace" into a "floating         opportunity" (as one of the more erudite brothers put it!).

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 145 (Gal 5:1-6)

               d. A believer in Christ can never be "severed" from Christ (Rom 8:35-39) or Christ's body would be marred again (Heb 10:10-14). There are no schisms in      the spiritual body of Christ (see comments under Eph 1:10, 14).

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 154-155 (Gal 5:13-18)

               What follows is a study of liberty under grace compared with liberty under the law. The drift of the passage is apparent in every line. You are free and no longer bound by any formal regulations, but this doesn't mean you "let down the bars" like Epicurus and the Hedonists and take up "situation ethics". You are still in   the flesh (geographically - see 3:6-10), and you can make a mess of things (like David and Lot) even thogh you are saved by grace.    . . . . . . . . .

 

       Now liberty has laws which accompany it (James 2:8,12). Even though it follows the law of the Spirit (Rom 8:2) and is free from rules and regulations, it demands   certain things of the man who has been "set free' (Gal 5:1). Free men who abuse the privileges of liberty suffer for their violations (1Cor 11:30), and sometimes   they die (Rom 8:13).  . . . . . . . .

 

       . . . . . .Christians have been set free (5:1) and saved so they can escape the bondage of self-righteousness (2:21), but they were called TO "serve one another"        (vs 13) and were saved FOR the Lord (1Cor 6:18)…...

 

       . . . . . . Christians who spend all their time arguing and fighting each other only destroy their own testimonies (Gen 13:7 and comments).

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 158 (Gal 5:19-26)

       "Now the works of the flesh are MANIFEST . . ." (VS 19). That is, there is not a great deal of need for giving the list because the works of the flesh are       pretty apparent to anybody. As a matter of fact, the first four "works of the flesh" are so manifest that they are fleshly in the extreme. (The careful reader will   preserve the distinction between WORKS and FRUIT [vs 22]. Many self-righteous sacramentalists think because they have WORKS as an evidence of faith   that they have saving faith. Saving faith is connected with FRUIT, and WORKS CAN BE "dead works" [Heb 9:14). Titus 2:14 and Ephesians 2:10 in no way       absolves the self-righteous, unregenerate, hell-bound sinner from the demand for FRUIT. See John 15:1-6).

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 163 (Gal 5:19-26)

       "But THE FRUIT of the Spirit . . ." (vs 22), not "the WORKS" of the Spirit, although that is what one would expect by a comparison with verse 19. Here the   Lord is showing the Christian another difference between the old and new nature. You worked for Hell before you were saved (Rom 6:23 - "the WAGES"),      BUT NOW God works in you while you let Him work (Phil 2:13): and thus the new life is characterized by FRUIT, not "works" (Rom 4:5; cf. Eph 2:9 for the "works").

 

BBC - GALATIANS   Page 165 (Gal 5:19-26)

       ". . .love, joy, peace . . ." (vs 22). The Holy Spirit in the believer causes him to love God (Ex 1:17) and his fellow man (Rom 13:10-14). It causes him to love   God's people (John 14-15) and God's word (John 15:7). . . . . . .

 

BBC – GALATIANS   Page 171 (Gal 5:19-26)

       "Let us not be desirous of vain glory . . ." (vs 26). The verse needs no exposition. It is aimed at Christians like those in the Corinthian church (1Cor 1-3), and       it cautions them against being proud, puffed up, and opinionated. Envy and strife are "out" for the believer. . .

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – EPHESIANS

 

BBC – EPHESIANS   Page 266 (Eph 4:1-6)

       . . . . . Every descriptive word in the passage is talking about the Christian’s dealing with his fellow Christian (cf. Col 3:12, Gal 6:1). It will take “lowliness and    meekness, with longsuffering” to “keep the unity of the Spirit in the bond of peace” (vs 3), for God’s people are hard to get along with and rarely       overlook faults and sins in their own kind which unsaved people would overlook altogether, or even praise as virtue!

      

BBC – EPHESIANS   Page 292-293 (Eph 4:17-32)

       . . . . . Christians are very unkind to one another; they are not in the least “tenderhearted” in the middle of church splits, doctrinal controversies, and “business   meetings.” The ones who talk the most about “courtesy, love, politeness, and soft words” are usually the most vicious and venomous in an out-and-out “showdown.”

       . . . . . These Christian-nurtured, Christian-raised, Christian-trained “Christians” are often the most vicious foes of Biblical preaching that one can imagine. They   hold grudges for decades and even pass them on to their children.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – COLOSSIANS

 

BBC – COLOSSIANS   Page 566 (Col 2:16-23)

          4. “A shew of wisdom in will worship” (vs 23). The ascetic appears to be a “man of God,” but he has simply exerted his willpower over the flesh and is maintaining his “seperation” by WILLPOWER, not by the power of the Holy Spirit (see Gal 5:22 and comments). This displays the man’s “wisdom”, and it    appears that he is a great “saint” or “holy one”; however, all he has done is magnify his own ability to control himself! This is WILL WORSHIP, pure and simple.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – PHILIPPIANS

 

BBC - PHILIPPIANS   Page 388 (Phil 2:1-4)

       "Let nothing be done through strife or vain glory . . ." (vs 3). Nothing is to be done to strut the flesh, display the intellect, obtain coveted articles, get the        preeminent place, promote self, or split the church into factions (Eph 4:2, Rom 12:10).

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – COLOSSIANS

 

BBC - COLOSSIANS   Page 487 (Col 1:16-19)

       Servetus was burned at the stake for the truth, and dead-orthodox apostates today (exactly as their Roman counterparts) would burn any real Bible believer for the     truth if they thought they could get away with it.

 

BIBLE BELIEVERS COMMENTARY – HEBREWS

 

BBC – HEBREWS   Page 113 (Heb 5:10-14)

       The heart is established by GRACE, not meats (Heb 13:9). If you don’t have grace then I don’t care how much Bible you know or what you can handle, “it ain’t going to do you no good, no way, anyway.” I mean the brethren forget that.

 

BBC – HEBREWS  Page  354  (Heb 13: 7-9)

       . . . . . Knowledge of the Bible is not a substitute for knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ, even though knowledge of the Lord Jesus Christ depends to a large     extent on knowledge of the Bible.

 

THE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY   Page 162

               . . . . . The “Father’s will” has nothing in common with a bunch of self-righteous, Bible denying smart alecks trying to atone for their pride by doing “good   deeds” for mankind. These little “do-gooders” do good deeds for various reasons, but all have one thing in common: none operate according to the MOTIVE or      MANNER which God Himself prescribed. Some do the deeds because they make themselves feel good by doing them. Some do them because they have found   “it pays to be good.” Some do them because they are afraid they will go to Hell if they don’t. Some do them to salve their conscience for misdeeds done to    mankind. Some do them to atone for bad deeds done 20 years earlier, and some do good so people will think that they are good people. But all these motives are     “Self” motives, and have nothing to do with a regenerated nature, doing from the heart the things that please God, so that HE might be glorified (Col 3:5-       23).

 

THE SURE WORD OF PROPHECY   Page 169

       . . . . . the popular Messiah goes about in the ordinary dress of His day and time, criticizing the “covenant children” and low-rating the religious councils!       (Matt 23, John 9, Mark 13:9).

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chap. 4, Pg. 52

       . . . . . Satan will forgive a Christian anything as long as he will conform to the world system (John 17:14). What Satan requires is CONFORMITY; without     conformity it is impossible for the Devil to bring in his own kingdom (Dan 11:21) and put his own “Christ” (Luke 2:26) on the throne (Rev 13:1-6). Conformity       must be enforced (Rev 13:14-18) . . . . .

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. I, Chap. 4, Pg. 56

       There are no divided loyalties in these matters. Loyalty to God is never to be displaced for the Second Commandment, even if the “neighbor” involved is a       martyr. Where divided loyalties are courted, a dual authority is erected; . . . . .

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. 1, Chapter 15, Pg. 345

       . . . . . Humanism is deceptive (Matt 10:17) It is the smile on the face of a tiger.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Intro., Pg. viii

       We have also learned by careful and sometimes tedious examination that a true Biblical church is never known by one single name throughout church history, . . .

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Intro., Pg. xi

       . . . . . “historic positions” are often wrong as sin, for they are the result of a select body of clergymen meeting in private to determine for the body of Christ what   they should believe. This is the Catholic method and it is put into operation by replacing the Levitical priesthood of the Old Testament (1400-400 B.C.) with a priest      class of scholars or bishops (200-500 A.D.).  There is no priest class in the New Testament.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 1, Pg. 12

       “Popish persons” (AV Dedicatory) are not to be confined to the confirmed members of the Catholic church. “Popish persons” follow the six points we have just   outlined. The AV translators knew a great deal more about these people than any Bible revision committee of the nineteenth and twentieth century. They knew   that the right wing of Protestantism (the Calvinistic Puritans) still retained one trait of popish persons: they would burn people at the stake (Salem witchcraft trials,        1692) if they disagreed with them doctrinally. 

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 4, Pg. 48

       Now the Bible states that “where the Spirit of the Lord is, THERE IS LIBERTY 

       (2 Cor. 3:17). Judging governments by the Bible-and that is the only proper way for a Christian to judge everything . . . . .

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 7, Pg. 102

. . . . . . Spurgeon despised the word “Reverend” and crossed it off all of his proof sheets.

 

THE HISTORY OF THE NEW TESTAMENT CHURCH – VOL. II, Chap. 9, Pg. 142

. . . . . A religious zealot will kill to propagate his religion (Vol. I, pp. 440-404). 

              

If after reading all of these quotes a believer still thinks [or “believes”] that brother Peter Ruckman supports: "that the one and only head and shepherd of the local church is the God-called and Spirit-filled pastor, just as Jesus Christ is the Head and Chief Shepherd over the entire church;" I am afraid that there is nothing that I can do for him.

 

Jeremiah 17:9 The heart is deceitful above all things, and desperately wicked: who can know it?

 

Sincerely yours for The Lord Jesus Christ and His Truth,

 

George H. Anderson Jr.