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Last Tuesday I received a phone call from a concerned brother in North Carolina who told me that a well-known local pastor had just told his Sunday morning congregation that I believed the Church will enter the Tribulation. He also said that the late Peter S. Ruckman had propagated the same error. (See attached internet clip at the 49-50 minute mark, Bright Light Baptist Church, August 20, 2017). You can watch the video at Bright Light Baptist Church.
Of course, for the record, neither I nor Dr. Ruckman, have ever taught that the Church will go through any part of the seven-year Tribulation period. In my case, I was blessed to have been saved (forty-three years ago today, no less) at the historic Marcus Hook Baptist Church in Lynwood, PA, home church of Clarence Larkin, author of “Dispensational Truth: God’s Plan and Purpose in the Ages,” regarded as the definitive work on premillennial dispensationalism. Then, having surrendered to preach a few months later, I was promptly grounded in the pre-Tribulation rapture at the equally historic Philadelphia College of Bible, co-founded by Larkin’s contemporary, Dr. C. I. Scofield, editor of the Scofield Reference Bible, promoting the pre-Trib position. Over the years I have worn out several Scofield Bibles.
Finally, the timing of this allegation is quite ironic. My latest book, “Holy Ground: The True History of the State of Israel,” actually excoriates nut jobs like Steven Anderson for promoting the same position that I am now being accused of holding. (Dr. Jerry Rockwell, who wrote the Foreword, received his initial training in the premillennial, dispensational interpretation of the Scriptures at Dallas Theological Seminary, earning an MA in Biblical Studies in 1984.)
The pastor in question is Ronnie Simpson. This entire incident is regrettable, as Dr. Simpson has been a strong preacher for many years. I also happen to know (first-hand) that he has a wonderful family. He should also be commended for wanting to keep the Bride of Christ out of the time of Jacob’s Trouble. Unfortunately, however, Dr. Simpson has maintained an inordinate animosity for the late Peter S. Ruckman, the one man who did more to solidify the King James Only position than any ten other preachers combined; AND EVERY HONEST PREACHER KNOWS THIS!
Dr. Ruckman used to shrug off this unhealthy fixation as “Ruckmanitis.” Regardless of what you call it, It certainly makes preachers act inconsistent with their normal character level. For instance, while I tried to reach out to Simpson to request a retraction, he refused to return my calls. Also, there is no logical reason why he should think that I believe the Church will enter the Tribulation. When you have over 100,000 books in print, it’s kind of hard to hide what you believe. For instance, my position on the pre-Tribulation rapture is most recently laid out on pages 783-86 of “Holy Ground.” I have already sold over 3,000 copies of this book, hundreds to churches all over North Carolina. Dr. Sammy Allen even sells it in the Faith Baptist Camp bookstore.
Like I said, “Ruckmanitis” can really mess with your mind. When Dr. Simpson read my first book, “Final Authority,” he acted as though he thought I hung the moon. Besides inviting me to preach to his church on a Sunday morning, he even invited me to be the keynote speaker at one of his college graduation services. (There used to be a picture of me in the Carolina Bible College catalogue.) A family member told me that I was one of only three men who had an open invitation to preach in his pulpit at any time. All that changed when Simpson discovered the source of all my insight on the King James Bible; you guessed it, Peter Ruckman. Like they say, “The best of men are men at best” and “Great men have great weaknesses.”
I will now spend the rest of the day reliving that glorious Sunday morning of 43 years ago when the Lord delivered me from the satanic clutches of popery! Praise His Holy Name!!
(Allow me to head off the anticipated horde of anti-pre-Trib rapture, anti-Ruckman, and anti-Scofield debate mongers at the pass; save your breath, as the sole purpose of this post is to clear the air regarding the false claim of Ronnie Simpson.)