How Today's Bible Colleges Woefully Deceive Everyone
By Dr. Peter S. Ruckman; comments by David J. Stewart | May 2018
Genesis 3:1, “Now
the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had
made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?”
I love Dr. Peter Ruckman (1921-2016) for his faithful stand for THE TRUTH, a man after my own heart. The one great thing lacking in pastors, evangelists and Bible professors everywhere today is a burning passion for THE TRUTH! Like Dr. Jack Hyles (1926-2001), Dr. Ruckman sought and proclaimed THE TRUTH, making enemies and going against neo-evangelicals and compromising ministry peers, because of his faithfulness to the Lord Jesus Christ, Who is “the way, THE TRUTH and the life” (John 14:6).
Here are pages 12-14 from Dr. Ruckman's wonderful book titled, “ALEXANDRIAN CULT SERIES”...
This is the second in a series of forty articles which will give the history of the Alexandrian Cult. These articles will locate and define the source and roots of apostasy in every generation and in every country (within the Body of Christ) since the writing of Second Corinthians. Along with this history, Dr. Ruckman will discuss the so-called “problem texts” which are used by enemies of the AV (1611)—Fundamental educators foremost—to infuse doubt and unbelief into the mind of the twentieth-century Christian.
“The Root of the Trouble”
In our last article, we discussed the matter of apostasy and its roots or sources. We pointed out that the modern approach taken by Christian Colleges and Universities (and many Fundamental churches and Bible Institutes) is that apostasy is here, but no one can find out how it got here. Various straw dummies are erected and attacked as though they were the cause of the devilment. The most common of these straw men is the teaching that apostates deny the Deity of Christ or the Virgin Birth or the “verbal plenary inspiration of the ORIGINALS.” This fails to deal with the problem on a Biblical basis; That is, the modern method of “taking a stand” and “defending the faith” begins by avoiding the Biblical definition of the problem. (See any apologetic work by any faculty member at Bob Jones University, Tennessee Temple, Pensacola Christian College! Hyles-Anderson, etc.)
The problem is defined in the Bible in Genesis 3:1-4.
No analysis of apostasy is Scriptural or even reasonable if it does not begin by presenting three terrible truths:
1. Infidelity and apostasy begin with a man made in the image of God and a woman made from that man. They are separated from every type of “worldliness,” and they are in fellowship with God daily. That is, they are more “godly” than R. A. Torrey, J. G. Machen, Robert Dick Wilson, Kenneth Wuest, A. T. Robertson Nestle, Aland, Metzger, Westcott, and Hort, or any 4,000 other Greek scholars or Fundamentalists.
2. Infidelity and apostasy are never conceived (or “hatched”) by denying the “faith” or the “fundamentals of the faith.” They are hatched by questioning what God said (Gen. 3:1-3).
3. This questioning begins with subtracting from the word of God (Gen. 2-3). Eve omitted “freely” because she believed that the “original” was an expanded or a “conflate” text, smoothed out by combining a “number of sources,” etc. That is, she approached what God said as the revision committees of 1881, 1885, 1901, 1953, 1959, 1970, 1973, and 1978 approach the problem of truth.
Now the Devil didn’t lie (Gen. 3) until he had first questioned. No apostate lies about the “fundamentals of the faith” until he first questions the source from which these “fundamentals” come. That is, the Liberal or the Modernist is at the end of the line of apostasy, not at the beginning. What we are concerned with is: “How does it start?” There is nothing in George Dollar’s A History of Fundamentalism in America that sheds any light on this important question. Why is this?
The reason is that every “recognized” church historian and Christian “scholar” is a member of a CULT. This cult is The Alexandrian Cult of North Africa, and its tentacles stretch from Origen (A.D. 184-254) to John R. Rice and the faculty members of every “recognized” Christian school in the world.
Returning to the means for identifying the Cult, there are seven lies to which the cult members resort in order to deceive the seeker of truth. We shall list them again and trust the reader will memorize them so that he can spot the cultist when he begins the “party line.”
1. “THE ORIGINAL GREET TEXT says … .” This is an out-and-out’ lie. No one has ever seen the original Greek text; not even a member of the Alexandrian Cult could know what it said.
2. “THE GREEK TEXT says … .” Out-and-out lying again. There is no such thing as “THE” Greek text. The cult members who use this cliche are always upset about the use or non-use of the “article” in the Textus Receptus. That is, they are inconsistent hypocrites.
3. “THE BEST MANUSCRIPTS read . …” A lie. The two manuscripts which the cult members cite are Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, which contain New Testament Apocrypha and Old Testament Apocrypha and have more errors, variations, and scribal blunders per page than any other manuscripts known to textual criticism. (See Zane Hodges, cited in Which Bible? by D. O. Fuller and Believing Bible Study by Dr. Edward Hills.)
4. “Only the original manuscripts are inspired.” A gross falsehood. The verse used for a proof text is 2 Timothy 3:16, and the context of 2 Timothy 3:16 is 2 Timothy 3:15. The word “scripture” is not used even once in Acts 8; 2 Timothy; Matthew; Mark; Luke; or John as referring to “original manuscripts.” The “scriptures” in the New Testament are things that people SEE, READ, and ACT on.
5. Erasmus’ Greek text is a Roman Catholic text.” Gross lying. No Catholic scholar would dare recommend any edition of the Textus Receptus in Greek or in any translation. All Catholic scholars in the twentieth century recommend the Vatican Greek text of the ASV and NASV. The Roman Catholic text of the Jesuit Bible (1582) is a Greek text used by scholars at Tennessee Temple and Bob Jones University to alter the AV in 5,000 places in the New Testament. (You understand, however, that for monetary purposes—enrollment and endowment—both schools “USE” the AV because they “prefer” it. You have to “prefer” your income even if you would like to alter your “life style.”)
6. “Westcott and Hort were brilliant Biblical scholars.” There is no evidence that either man was saved; there is no evidence that either man believed that the Bible was inspired at any time—past, present, or future. There is no evidence that either man knew any more about Bible scholarship than did any Pope before 1850. (See True or False? by D. O. Fuller and The Revision Revised, by Dean Burgon.)
7. “If good men (Torrey, Rice, Spurgeon, et al.) correct the Bible, you may correct it too.” All “good” men have an old nature. One must not follow the machinations of the old nature in any “good” man no matter how “good” he is (Mark 10:18). David was an ultra-
Fundamentalist and a godly man “after God’s own heart,” but would you trust him with your wife? Why?
Having observed that the Alexandrian Cult members are professional liars—that is, they get paid a salary for teaching the things listed above—we shall pinpoint the exact starting point for apostasy in any age, where it clearly can be identified from a Biblical standpoint, by the Scriptures, with clear cut statements in regard to the matter. This is, all APOSTASY, within or without the Body of Christ, begins with one simple operation which anyone can spot without the benefit of a high school education.
Are you ready? (This will be the great issue which is avoided in all of the history books and all of the apologetic works by every Fundamentalist and Conservative from Augustine to Reuben Olson.)
All apostasy begins, after questioning the word of God, with the elevation or recommendation of more than ONE final authority.
Now, it is as simple as that. Every apostate began by recommending two authorities that conflicted. In Genesis 3:1-3, the two authorities are clearly presented and clearly in conflict. This operation has not ceased once since that day, and it is just as clear in America in 1999 as it was in 3,000 B.C. There is no way that a Christian can go into apostasy as long as he submits to the Holy Bible as the one final authority and refuses to accept any other in its place or on an equal level with it.
SOURCE: Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, The Alexandrian Cult Series, pages 12-14.
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My friend, what you just read is brilliant preaching by a man of God! I'll try to elaborate a bit on some of the things Dr. Ruckman said, to pound THE TRUTH home, that he is crying aloud for everyone to grasp! THIS MATTER IS OF THE UTMOST IMPORTANCE, which is why I am writing this article and many more like it to wake Christians up.
Today's plethora of Bible colleges are paid “PROFESSIONAL LIARS” (exactly as Brother Ruckman rightly calls them)! We're talking about such Bible colleges as: Ambassador Bible College, Hyles-Anderson College, Crown Bible College, Pensacola Christian College, Bob Jones University, Moody Bible Institute, Tennessee Temple and hundreds more... ALL APOSTATE!!!
You'd think that the ONE PLACE in the world, where a young person would have their faith BUILT-UP in the inspiration of God's Word would be in a BIBLE COLLEGE!!! Nope, just like a mother's womb is statistically the most dangerous place in the world to be these days; so also are Bible colleges the most dangerous place to be spiritually, where your faith in God's Word will be shaken to the core!!! See how Bob Jones University Betrays the Inspired Word of God!!!
Why are they apostate you ask? As Dr. Ruckman just explained, today's Bible colleges will define an “apostate” as someone who denies the Virgin Birth, or Christ's Deity, or the inspiration of the “ORIGINAL” autographs of the Word of God (and rightfully so). However, this is where the woeful deception comes into play, because an “apostate” is also someone who denies the inspiration of the King James Bible (God's solemn promise in Psalms 12:6-7 to “preserve them [His very pure words] from this generation for ever.” Look at how the modern Bible perversions completely REMOVE God's solemn promise to preserve His very pure words unto every generation!!!
Please notice Genesis 3:1, “Now the serpent was more subtil than any beast of the field which the LORD God had made. And he said unto the woman, Yea, hath God said, Ye shall not eat of every tree of the garden?” As Dr. Ruckman wisely points out, the serpent didn't deny the fundamental doctrines of the Christian faith to destroy Eve; but rather, he simply raised up a second standard, questioning the Word of God, and in so doing the Devil managed to bring down the entire human race!!! Likewise, Satan has raised up a second set of manuscripts, the Alexandrian texts, which are corrupt, and since the year 1881 (the year Brooke Westcott and Fenton Hort completed their work, The New Testament in the Original Greek), there has been TWO AUTHORITIES for the Word of God!!! That is what THE BATTLE OF THE AGES is all about. Dr. Hyles gave that perfect title to his classic and needful 1994 sermon, which I sincerely hope and earnestly pray that you will listen to: “THE BATTLE OF THE AGES”!!!
Today's Bible colleges and theological seminaries (cemeteries), particular American institutions, are as apostate as can be, refusing to address the matter of having TWO CONFLICTING AUTHORITIES (see this flow chart), both claiming to be God's Word. Since these two ancient manuscripts disagree, they CANNOT both be God's inspired Word, so out of necessity modern pseudo-scholars have REMOVED God's promise in Psalms 12:6-7 to preserve His very pure words (as silver tried in an earthen kiln seven times). They had no choice but to corrupt this key passage of Scripture, to maintain their LIE that God gave us TWO AUTHORITIES! Any darn fool can see that God DIDN'T give us TWO BIBLES to choose from!!! Folks, the man with TWO WATCHES never knows what time it is!
This is the big battle today. This is why I relentlessly bark up the tree at the apostate Bob Jones University crowd. I love them dearly, especially the local church family that ousted and banned me from returning to the Harvest Baptist Church down the street from me on Guam. I pray for them regularly and love them very much, BUT THEY ARE 100% WRONG to promote TWO AUTHORITIES!!! God knows my heart, but they ARE WRONG! SO WRONG!!!
Read again Dr. Ruckman's keen insight into the problem, which Dr. Hyles wisely called “THE BATTLE OF THE AGES”...
The Roman Catholic text of the Jesuit Bible (1582) is a Greek text used by scholars at Tennessee Temple and Bob Jones University to alter the AV in 5,000 places in the New Testament. (You understand, however, that for monetary purposes—enrollment and endowment—both schools “USE” the AV because they “prefer” it. You have to “prefer” your income even if you would like to alter your “life style.”)
SOURCE: Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, The Alexandrian Cult Series, pages 12-14.
In other words, Bob Jones University sanctions, sells and promotes the modern Bible versions (based upon the corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts). The Alexandrian manuscripts alter, change or completely delete verses in 5,000 places, deviating away from the Authorized Version (i.e., the authorized 1611 King James translation). The popular New International Version (NIV) changes or deletes over 64,000 words as compared to the blessed King James Bible!!! CONSIDER YOURSELF WARNED!!!
Please READ AGAIN above, so that it will sink in deep, the SEVEN BIG LIES to which Alexandrian cult members resort in order to DECEIVE the seeker of THE TRUTH!!! BJU is very deceitful, making the excuse that the King James Bible cannot possible be the only Bible, but that has NEVER been the issue! They are saying that garbage. The “issue” is that the Alexandrian-based Bible versions have been translated from an entirely different, contradictory, corrupt, ancient manuscript from Alexandria, Egypt; which is very different than the Textus Receptus from which our beloved and trustworthy King James Bible was translated in 1611.
But wait, it gets MUCH WORSE! The incessant rash of new Bible versions flooding the American market oftentimes are not translated from ANY ancient manuscript. THAT IS CORRECT! In order to meet legal copyright requirements by the U.S. copyright department, dishonest Bible scholars and publishers CHANGE (i.e., CORRUPT) the Word of God, altering the Holy Scriptures merely to change it, to satisfy the copyright law which requires making “substantial and creative” (please read this article) changes to any existence context. I beseech you to please listen to part 4B below (an MP3), by Pastor Max D. Younce, in which he explains that oftentimes the modern Bible translations are not based upon ANY ancient text; but rather, the modern translators merely change the Word of God to satisfy their whims, having no regard for THE TRUTH whatsoever. ...
THE KING JAMES BIBLE - STILL THE BEST! (shocking history lessons by Pastor Max D. Younce)
Part 4B - KJB: Still The Best (You've got to hear this! Shocking truths behind Satan's Bibles!!!)
You CAN trust your inspired King James Bible!!! You CANNOT trust any of the modern Bible versions. And may I confidently say, the King James is “THE HOLY BIBLE,” not another mere “version”! Thank God for the 54 men who gave us the precious treasure of the inspired King James Bible.
The Alexandrian text, which Bob Jones College supports, is as corrupt as can be...
The two manuscripts which the cult members cite are Sinaiticus and Vaticanus, which contain New Testament Apocrypha and Old Testament Apocrypha and have more errors, variations, and scribal blunders per page than any other manuscripts known to textual criticism. (See Zane Hodges, cited in Which Bible? by D. O. Fuller and Believing Bible Study by Dr. Edward Hills.)
SOURCE: Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, The Alexandrian Cult Series, pages 12-14.
Pastor Ruckman is so right! ...
“All apostasy begins, after questioning the word of God, with the elevation or recommendation of more than ONE final authority.” —Dr. Peter S. Ruckman (1921-2016)
Why is it so hard for pastors today to see this great evil and contradiction? In fact, THEY DO SEE!!! The problem is not that they are ignorant. I have learned firsthand that pastors simply DON'T CARE. As Dr. Jack Hyles rightly says—Neo-evangelicals don't want to suffer reproach for the name of Christ, they don't want to be outside the gate with Jesus! That's it ladies and gentleman. Once Bob Jones University had wrongly labeled the King James only, Alexandrian-version-exposing, crowd as “a cult,” it caught on quickly and the stigma sticks! Pastor Jerry Falwell also wrongly called devout King James Christians “a cult.” Harvest Baptist Church on Guam has wrongly called me and Dr. Jack Hyles “a cult.” Me and Brother Hyles, and all faithful King James Bible only believers, are outside the gate WITH JESUS!!! Amen! That's the only place that I want to be, with THE TRUTH, with the Lord Jesus Christ, outside the gate!!!!!!!
Outside The Gate With Jesus (an excellent MP3 sermon by Dr. Jack Hyles)
Today's abundance of American Bible colleges all claim to be against apostasy, while they all promote the Satanic lie that ONLY the “originals” autographs of the Holy Scriptures were inspired. The big problem is that NONE of those original autographs are in existence today on earth, which means we don't have God's inspired words anymore (if that lie be true). I DO believe that the Scriptures are still inspired today (that is, if you have an accurate translation, which obviously is the Greek Textus Receptus, from which our beloved and inspired 1611 King James Bible was translated).
Authorized King James Bible Inspiration Is Eternal, Not Merely Temporal For “The Originals”
The KJB Only Crowd Are Only Ones Who Believe We Have God's Perfect And Inspired Words Today!
Today's apostate Bible colleges and theological cemeteries, all claim that God's Word exists among hundreds of Bible versions! THAT IS A DOCTRINE OF DEVILS!!! God authored ONE BOOK, not two, not 900 English versions! Someone needs to get upset! Someone must take a stand for God! Some needs to care! Well, I CARE! The first step toward sinfully embracing the modern Bible perversions is to question the inspiration of the King James Bible!!! Once a church or Bible college has denied the inspiration of the King James Bible, after that anything goes! The door has been opened to allow every dog in town to publish a so-called “new” and “more accurate” Bible version, and they just keep on coming, one after the other, corrupting and confusing the churches!!! Kindly, I feel sorry for any ignoramus pastor who searches through multiple “versions” of the Bible, trying to figure out what God really said. If you rely on the modern perversions for accurate meaning, you will be deceived! I'll stick to the good old, proven, time-tested, inspired, flat black 66, which is the blessed KING JAMES BIBLE!!!
There are two camps today:
The “HATH GOD SAID?” crowd (hundreds of non-inspired conflicting English Bible versions) - Codex Sinaiticus
The “THUS SAITH THE LORD!” crowd (the inspired authoritative King James Bible) - Textus Receptus
I love everyone, God knows my heart. Part of loving others is telling them THE TRUTH, no matter the consequences. Ephesians 4:15a, “But speaking the truth in love...” The apostle Paul became an enemy of the church at Galatia. They didn't like him anymore, like Harvest Baptist Church (HBC) on Guam doesn't like me anymore, because like Paul, I told them THE TRUTH in love! Galatians 4:16, “Am I therefore become your enemy, because I tell you the truth.” Bob Jones University did Dr. Ruckman very wrong—the very college from which he earned his master's and doctorate's degrees—labeling him as “a cult” for telling THE TRUTH (read his own words) about the Satanic modern Bible versions! I know exactly how Dr. Ruckman felt, being labeled by the very same Bob Jones crowd as “a cult,” along with Dr. Jack Hyles.
Harvest Baptist Church even accused me in 2014 of “worshipping” Pastor Hyles! It seems that you can have anybody for a “hero” these days except a soul-winning, fundamental, Bible-preacher, then you're criticized for it! Well, Dr. Jack Hyles is my all-time hero of the Christian faith, as far as godly men go, and I make no apologies for it! Dr. Hyles taught me more about God, and how to walk with God, and know God, and serve God, and be loved by God, and love God, and love others unconditionally with God's love, than any man alive! Of course he's my hero. I feel sorry for a so-called “pastor” who is so shallow that he cannot see the significance and value of having a man of God (dead or living) for a personal hero. But hey, that's the same shameful Bob Jones camp who are unfaithful to the Word of God, betraying the Holy Bible. If a church doesn't care about THE TRUTH, then why would they care about a little ole nobody like me either? I say this in love, but in knowledge. 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been thoroughly made manifest among you in all things.” To God be the glory, great things He hath done! I love you all in the Lord! Even so, come, Lord Jesus!!!
One of the things that I love so much about Pastor Jack Hyles (1926-2001) was his willingness to CHANGE toward the truth if he was wrong. Dr. Hyles used to say: Always be willing to move to the RIGHT, but never to the LEFT. By “left” he meant the wrong direction! I admire Jack Hyles so much for the following quote that I heard in a precious sermon (link provided below). Anyone who is familiar with the story of Brother Hyles knows that in his early ministry he corrected the King James Bible, merely because that is WHAT HE WAS TAUGHT TO DO IN BIBLE COLLEGE! Pastor Hyles eventually learned the truth and realized that he had been woefully lied to and deceived, and he MOVED TO THE RIGHT! Oh how I wish that every preacher who denies the inspiration of the King James Bible, because that is what they were mistaught in some IDIOTIC BIBLE COLLEGE, would repent and MOVE TO THE RIGHT! ...
Folks, I'm going to go to seed [to become worn] before I die on defending this Book—I'm going to go to seed on it! I'm a little tired—by the way, every preacher in America, before he met a theologian, believed exactly what I'm preaching tonight! Theologians messed us all up—they messed me up for a while, I'll be honest with you—messed us all up! When I went off to college, I thought I had the words of God in this Book right here. When I was in college for awhile I found out I didn't. Not only that, I found out nobody did! Not only that, I found out you couldn't have them! Not only that, I found out there was no such thing as any book in all the world that had the words of God in 'em!
But my Bible said that we're supposed to keep His “WORDS”; not His truths, not just His doctrine, but His “WORDS”! ...
Folks, here's what's happening in America. The old-time preachers that built this country believed that this Book right here had the words of God in it! Your grandpa and grandma, that built this country, shed their tears on this Book, thinking they had the very words of God in their hands. And fundamentalists ALL believed what I'm preaching tonight, until we got our own Bible colleges, and seminaries, and sent our professors off to train at the feet of Karl Barth, and Reinhold Neuber, Emil Brunner, and others, who said that the Bible does not have the “words” of God, it is the Word of God, and that all the Bible is not inspired word-for-word. So we did not want to be considered “unintellectual” by the intellectual community; we're not willing to be called “nuts” and “fools”—just chalk me up as a nut! Chalk me up as a fool! Yea! Chalk me up as an uneducated illiterate if you want to, but I guarantee Ya—I'd rather study my A-B-C's in Heaven, then Greek and Hebrew in Hell!
Whosoever shall be ashamed of “ME AND MY WORDS”; it didn't say His “WORD,” it says His “WORDS”!
SOURCE: Pastor Jack Hyles, a beautiful quote from the sermon, “There Are Too Many Smiths In The Land.”
“Now you say,
'Brother Hyles, you make an issue.' You dead sure better know I'll make an
—BATTLE OF THE AGES (MP3, Dr. Jack Hyles, “The King James Bible crowd is going to come out on top!”)
There Is Only One Mediator For Man (by Pastor Bob Gray Sr.)
Souls Are Dying!
Precious Christian Testimonies
How Permanent Is Your Salvation?
(an excellent MP3 sermon by Pastor Hank Lindstrom, 1940-2008)
of the child of God is that he loves everybody!”
(a quote from Pastor Jack Hyles' classic MP3 sermon, “FORGIVENESS”)
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