Update June 30, 2013: this post was written well before I got to have an intense DISLIKE for Ruckman, for since, he has removed all his videos, greed, no doubt, to be at the root of it! Now his videos must be bought! So much for soul-winning, eh, Ruckman?! You are a hypocrite! I don't believe in re-writing history, and do not like to change what I have written, previously, reason for this update notice.
I really, really, really like Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, but, he seems to be way off his rocker on this! I will tell you that I do have problems with not being scriptural, but, this is the very issue brought up by Dr. Ruckman!
One needs keep in mind what is said in Acts 16:30-31:
Sirs, what must I do to be saved?
31 And they said,
Believe on the Lord Jesus Christ,
and thou shalt be saved, and thy house.
Acts 16:30-31 (King James Bible)
old things are passed away; behold, all things are become new.
18 And all things are of God,
who hath reconciled us to himself by Jesus Christ,
and hath given to us the ministry of reconciliation;
19 To wit, that God was in Christ, reconciling the world unto himself,
not imputing their trespasses unto them;
and hath committed unto us the word of reconciliation.
20 Now then we are ambassadors for Christ,
as though God did beseech you by us:
we pray you in Christ's stead, be ye reconciled to God.
21 For he hath made him to be sin for us, who knew no sin;
that we might be made the righteousness of God in him.
2 Corinthians 5:17-21 (King James Bible)
The Heresy Called "Hyper-Dispensationalism"
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What Hyper-Dispensationalists Teach
I. There is a period of time called "THE GRACE OF GOD," which began in Acts 9 (Stem, Baker, Moore, Watkins) or in Acts 13 (O'Hare and others) or in Acts 28 (Bullinger, Ballanger, Greaterex).
II. Water Baptism is not for "THIS AGE,' since "THIS AGE" began in Acts 9 or Acts 13 or Acts 18 or Acts 28.
III. Bible-believing Baptists are heretics who do not follow "PAULINE" teaching (1 Tim. 1:16).
IV. Since Paul did not COMMAND anyone to be baptized, it is UNSCRIPTURAL.
V. Since Paul was not "SENT TO BAPTIZE," water baptism is PREPAULINE (1 Cor. 1).
VI. The "ONE BAPTISM" of Ephesians 4 automatically cancels water baptism (Moore, Stam, Sharpe, Baker).
The Bible Rebuke of the "Hypers"
II. The age of the ONE BODY and the "Church of the ONE BODY" began in Matthew 27 (see Eph. 2:12, 16) with 12 Apostles "IN CHRIST" (Rom. 16:7) before Paul was saved (John 17:21, 23).
III. Paul was baptized in water (Acts 9:18) and baptized some of his converts (Acts 16 33; 18:8, 1 Cor 1 14-16), even though he was an evangelist.
IV. Paul COMMANDED NO ONE to attend church, pass out tracts, prosylete Baptists who are already saved, or argue about water baptism.
V. He DID baptize (1 Cor. 1:14-16) and only thanked God that people weren't baptized in his name (1 Cor. 1:14-18). Paul was not sent by Mark 16:16-18 but he is the only Apostle who fulfilled that commission.
VI. The Corinthian converts who were baptized by ONE Spirit into ONE BODY (1Cor. 12:13) were baptized in water (Acts 18:8).
The Hyper-Dispensationalist's Perversion of Ephesians 4:5
Stam, Baker, Bullinger, Ballinger and Moore all take Ephesians 4:4-5 out of the context in which it appears (as any Campbellite will also do) and pretend that it is talking about WATER BAPTISM being replaced by spirit baptism. This explains why 95 percent of any "Hyper" "CONGREGATION" are ex-Baptists.
The context of Ephesians 4:4-6 is the unity of the Body of Christ, not "DISUNITY" caused by carnal Christians who say: "I AM OF CHRIST" (1 Cor. 1:12).
The same baptism that put Paul into Christ ("WE," 1 Cor. 12:13) put Gentile believers (Corinth, Ephesus) into Christ.
The same baptism that put "THE 12" into Christ (Acts 1:5) put the Roman converts into Christ (Rom. 6:1-3; 16:7).
There are seven baptisms (Matt. 3:11; 28:11-20, Acts 2:38, Matt. 20:22, 1 Cor. 10:1-3, Eph. 4:4).
There are MANY lords and gods (1 Cor. 8:5) (note: Eph. 4:5-6).
The False Teachings Of Hyper-Dispensationalists:
I. PETER AND PAUL PREACHED "DIFFERENT" GOSPELS. If they did then Peter was cursed (Gal. 1 :8-9). God taught Peter the Gospel in Acts 10:43, which he publicly acknowledges in Acts 15:11, while ALL ARE PRACTISING ATER BAPTISM.
II. REPENTANCE SHOULD NOT BE PREACHED IN THIS AGE. Paul preached it constantly (Acts 20:21) and asked exactly what John the Baptist asked for when he preached it (Acts 26:20). Paul did this after writing Romans 16:25-26.
III. THE "BODY" COULD NOT HAVE BEEN AT PENTECOST BECAUSE NO ONE MENTIONED IT. Neither did anyone mention the complete abolition of the Law (Levitical) or the fulfilling of the Law (Acts 13:38-40) though both (Col. 2:14-16) were accomplished FACTS (Gal. 3:13).
IV. MATTHEW 28:19-20 IS LIMITED TO THE TRIBULATION. Pure conjecture (see 1 Tim. 6:3, written to saints in "THE ONE BODY). The "ALL THINGS" of Matthew 28:20 does not include all PRECRUCIFIXION instruction, which is apparent to anyone by comparing Matthew 10:1-10 with Matthew 28:19-20 and John 13-17.
The Tribulation had NOT begun in 33 A.D. Note: "UNTO THE END OF THE WORLD."
V. PAUL WAS DECEIVED ABOUT WATER BAPTISM AND THE "ONE BODY" UNTIL HE WROTE EPHESIANS 3-4 (after Acts 28). Then he sinned against God in not confessing it. He sinned against YOU in not telling you straight out in plain clear-cut commands (note: 1 Thess. 5 and Rom. 14) not to make the same mistake. Every Christian leader in the New Testament was baptized in water: none of them "REPENTED" of such an action.
The "Congregation" of the Hyper "Congregation":
I. Men who were called to preach but chickened out because of:
* Financial reasons (no faith).
* Laziness (no zeal).
* Being afraid to speak up publicly against sin and sins (no courage).
II. Men who cannot preach but want to attract attention as a "BIBLE AUTHORITY"
III. Young men and women who are dating (or have married) a "HYPER" and have to espouse the heresy in order to "GET ALONG" with the "object of their affections."
IV. All Hyper preachers (as all Campbellite elders and Charismatics) spend their "MINISTRIES" trying to put young men out of SOUL WINNING work of the MINISTRY.
V. All Hypers have an "anti-Baptist fixation" which so obsesses them that they are forced to argue about water baptism EVERY TIME THEY MEET A NEW CHRISTIAN (ditto: Campbellite).
"Dry Cleaning" is a cult: not a denomination. Its foundations are deliberate perversion of BIBLICAL TRUTH.
Oh! My! "Against Baptists" and "deliberate perversion of BIBLICAL TRUTH.!" A bit overdone, no doubt!
Well, what Hyper-Dispensasionalists "must do" or not, I do not know, but I do know that I have heard no such in Pastor Bruscha's sermons. Indeed, he does not believe in water baptism. Well, if it is NOT a means to obtain salvation, WHY must we do it?? As "obedience" I am told! Obedience? to whom? to what? That would be a WORK, and we are FAITH-driven!
"For this cause I Paul, the prisoner of Jesus Christ for you Gentiles,
2 If ye have heard of the dispensation of the grace of God which is given me to you-ward:
3 How that by revelation he made known unto me the mystery; (as I wrote afore in few words,
4 Whereby, when ye read, ye may understand my knowledge in the mystery of Christ)
5 Which in other ages was not made known unto the sons of men, as it is now revealed unto his holy apostles and prophets by the Spirit;" - Paul says in Ephesians 3 in the KING JAMES BIBLE!
My goodness! Here it is IN THE WORD OF GOD stating about the DISPENSATION OF GRACE! Of course, there was grace to be had all along the Old Testament, but THIS IS A DIFFERENT GRACE, and I remember hearing Pastor Bruscha elaborating on this in a sermon!
What is the big deal what you call it!! It is that we are now no longer under the Law! It seems it is taught by the likes of Dr. Stauffer, and he is not called a hyper-anything!
Here Paul "flew" to Galatia when he heard that Peter demanded circumcision be added in order to obtain salvation:
1 O foolish Galatians, who hath bewitched you, that ye should not obey the truth, before whose eyes Jesus Christ hath been evidently set forth, crucified among you?
2 This only would I learn of you, Received ye the Spirit by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
3 Are ye so foolish? having begun in the Spirit, are ye now made perfect by the flesh?
4 Have ye suffered so many things in vain? if it be yet in vain.
5 He therefore that ministereth to you the Spirit, and worketh miracles among you, doeth he it by the works of the law, or by the hearing of faith?
6 Even as Abraham believed God, and it was accounted to him for righteousness.
7 Know ye therefore that they which are of faith, the same are the children of Abraham.
8 And the scripture, foreseeing that God would justify the heathen through faith, preached before the gospel unto Abraham, saying, In thee shall all nations be blessed.
9 So then they which be of faith are blessed with faithful Abraham.
10 For as many as are of the works of the law are under the curse: for it is written, Cursed is every one that continueth not in all things which are written in the book of the law to do them.
11 But that no man is justified by the law in the sight of God, it is evident: for, The just shall live by faith.
12 And the law is not of faith: but, The man that doeth them shall live in them.
13 Christ hath redeemed us from the curse of the law, being made a curse for us: for it is written, Cursed is every one that hangeth on a tree:
14 That the blessing of Abraham might come on the Gentiles through Jesus Christ; that we might receive the promise of the Spirit through faith.
15 Brethren, I speak after the manner of men; Though it be but a man's covenant, yet if it be confirmed, no man disannulleth, or addeth thereto.
Galatians 3:1-15 (King James Bible)
It seems that we have added a thing or two, and this scares me! Once saved, I need DO NOTHING to continue saved, much less obey any "tradition" of water baptism, confessing my sins, etc.. I am truly appalled at some of the statements made in what is a tract. I would be ashamed to peddle it.
And on the subject of "peddling," Paul says we are AMBASSADORS FOR CHRIST, therefore, we are to be soul-winners!
I find my very good friend and sister in Christ to be in error here, judging Pastor Bruscha to be a Hyper-Dispensationalist who would not believe in the great commission. Were it so, he would not have a YouTube channel and a web-site designed to reach out to garner more souls for Christ!
The thief on the cross was not denied salvation because he was not baptized nor confessed his sins! HE BELIEVED IN CHRIST!
Difference between grace IN a dispensation and THE DISPENSATION of Grace
(UPDATED) ONCE SAVED ALWAYS SAVED, NEVER EVER TO EXPERIENCE THE WRATH OF GOD