Bob Jones University—Cult Headquarters
by David J. Stewart | December 2019 | Please click for background music in a new window
Romans 3:4, “God forbid: yea, let God be true, but every man a liar; as it is written, That thou mightest be justified in thy sayings, and mightest overcome when thou art judged.”
One of the greatest books I have found exposing the Devil's corruptible seed (aka, the Alexandrian text) is by Dr. Peter Ruckman (1921-2016). The book is a collection of writings defending the authorized King James Bible, and at the same time exposing the never-ending rash of counterfeit modern Bible translations. The .PDF format book is called: “THE ALEXANDRIAN CULT SERIES.”
Countless new-evangelicals, and sadly neo-fundamentalists like Pastor Clarence Sexton (see the subtitle: The Truth Is Continually Under Attack By The Devil), have unjustly criticized Dr. Ruckman, using his problematic life and failed marriages to discredit his teachings; but moreover, to exempt themselves from what Pastor Jack Hyles courageously called: “THE BATTLE OF THE AGES!” The issue has NOTHING to do with Peter Ruckman's personal messed-up life. If you cannot respect the teachings of a sinner enough to read his writings, then you had better stop reading the Holy Bible, one-third of which was written by murderers (i.e., Moses, David and Paul). Respectfully, Clarence Sexton is as much a dirty, messed-up, contemptible, guilty sinner as was Peter Ruckman! So saith the Scripture! 1st Timothy 5:24, “Some men's sins are open beforehand, going before to judgment; and some men they follow after.” The issue is over the verbal inspiration of God's Words!!! I am tired of cowardly pastors who refuse to preach!!!
The following information by Pastor Ruckman is so excellent, needful and pertinent to all Christians today...
Having listed the standard lies (and false implications) used by the Cult members and having identified their typical “cliches” or speech forms, we have not arrived at the place where we may document their perennial heresies exactly as they have been passed down from one Christian college to another since the first Alexandrian college was founded by Philo, Pantaenus, and Clement (A.D. 100-200).
We shall keep two things in mind as we document these apostate Fundamentalists:
1. The constant recommendation of DUAL authorities so that the school or the scholar remains as the deciding (“final”) authority.
2. The open admission that none of them have ever seen THE Bible, read THE Bible, or taught THE Bible, while advertising that they believe THE Bible and “teach” it.
With these two demonstrable operations before our faces, shall we start?
We will start with Bob Jones University:
1. “We would not tolerate anyone here who attacked the King James Bible” (Bob Jones III, Sept. 11, 1976).
2. “We believe that the text of Westcott and Hort … is, as a whole, superior to the text of Erasmus. We have no sympathy with any version of that Bible that is not faithful to THE Greek text” (Custer and Neal, faculty members of BJU).
3. “A Fundamentalist believes that whatever THE Bible says is so and judges all things by THE Bible. He maintains an immovable allegiance to the inerrant, infallible, and verbally inspired Bible” (clipping from Faith for the Family, after the World Congress of “Fundamentalists”).
4. “The King James Version is still the most beautiful and most poetic. It is the version we use in all of our services here, but we also have enough sense to know that it is possible to improve on a translation. The ASV (1901) is a reliable translation. The scholars of our Bible faculty believe it to be more true than the King James … in these two versions, we believe God has protected the integrity of His Word. It is preposterous to say that the King James is the only worthy translation. While I earnestly contend for the faith, I do not contend for hobbies.” (Bob Jones III, President BJU, Aug. 31, 1971).
5. “I feel that the ASV of 1901 is, by far, the most reliable version” (Marshal Neal, Registrar, BJU, Dec. 23, 1963).
There is the position in all of its ridiculous dishonesty.
The position is that of a demented moron.
The president of the institution contradicts the faculty; they contradict him. The advertising is false, and the faculty doesn’t believe anything of the kind that appears in the school’s advertisement. The advertisement states that the school believes “in the absolute authority of the Bible.” Observe the definite article— “THE” Bible.
In Bob Jones Ill’s last propaganda sheet (March, 1978), he tells the prospecting student that BJU wants to be “identified” with the AV, not because it is “the” Bible or because it is the Scriptures, but because it is “adequate” and “reliable” and has always been associated with the “Fundamentalist” position. Neither he nor Custer nor Neal have ever seen the Bible or the Scriptures.
How then do they “judge all things” (see above) by something they have never seen or read?
Interesting, isn’t it?
This is the typical format of all apostate Fundamentalists who have taken the first two steps towards Neo-orthodoxy: Genesis 3:1 and the recommending of two or more conflicting authorities. While spouting all over the country about the “stands” taken against “corrupt versions” (they list the NEB and the RSV), neither Bob Jones III nor anyone on his faculty will dare face the terrible and damning fact of documented evidence: the NEB and the RSV are from the Alexandrian Greek text of Westcott and Hort exactly as the ASV and the NASV came from the same source. By calling this text an “eclectic” text (ALL “texts” are “eclectic texts”), the “Bastion of Orthodoxy” deceives the students, advertises its position falsely, lies about manuscript evidence, and recommends the most godless, depraved corruption of the right Greek text known in the history of Manuscript Evidence.
I have a letter on my desk, written to one of my students, by a certain Elmer Rumminger, who draws a salary at BJU. He pointed out to my student that “Ruckman is an enemy of BJU, who slanders our position on the Bible.” Go soak your head, Elmer; your superiors have already stated your position in print. Anyone can read it.
Does Bob Jones Jr. profess to have a copy of the Bible? Of course! In writing to Jack Van Impe about “compromise” (Dec. 14, 1977), he says, “Men may differ on interpretations; but where obedience to the Bible is concerned, those who love the Lord and believe the Book (!!) are going to line themselves up with the Book and, therefore, against his position.”
What is this “the Book” of which Bob Jones Jr. speaks?
Don’t be silly. He wasn’t even attempting to tell you the truth. When he said “the Book,” he meant a Book that no one ever saw or read, and none of his faculty members have ever taught it a day in their lives. “The Book” is the “mystical” combination of “reliable versions” and “older manuscripts” which correct the Book in 31,000 places (36,000 in the NASV), and “the Book” and “the Bible” are no more proper speech in the mouth of a man like that than in the mouth of Mao Tse-tung.
How do you obey “the Bible” when you don’t have a copy? Simple: in the minds of the deluded fanatics you just pretend that since “good, godly, dedicated men” recommend garbage on occasion (Wuest, Hort, Robertson, Schaff, Green, Machen, Davidson, Warfield, et al.), you can get students by advertising a Book you don’t have. In its place, you offer 1,900 years of bungling stupidity—the nineteen centuries of rubbish compiled by the Alexandrian Cult.
This position of Bob Jones University is not in the least rare. As a matter of fact, over 90 percent of the faculty members of any Christian college, university, or seminary in America handle it just like that. If you don’t believe this, we shall proceed with Tennessee Temple University in our next article, and then work our way down to Pensacola Christian College and other Alexandrian offshoots who specialize in usurping the authority of the Holy Spirit and the Holy Bible (Gen. 3:1).
For now, review the material quoted above. It is all documented in xeroxed copies. This is the official Cult position of the apostate in any generation which leads to apostasy in the next generation. We are here dealing with the roots of apostasy, not the fruits or the final results; the fruits and results are obvious to the most unlearned. But we are here locating the root of apostasy as it occurs in nineteen centuries of church history. Its roots are the same in nineteen centuries. It begins with questioning what God said, and then it recommends a competing authority with what God said (that often contradicts what God said), and then it leaves the believer with no final authority but scholarship (Col. 2:8).
In our next article [Article 10 - Scroll down], we shall study the roots of apostasy as found in the faculty members of Tennessee Temple University (Chattanooga, Tennessee), and then we shall look at Midwestern in Pontiac, Michigan. The “apostolic succession” of Alexandrian teaching goes from one university to another, and there has never been a cure for it known in church history. Oxford and Cambridge followed this pattern, as did Harvard, Dartmouth, Yale, Princeton, Westminster, and Wheaton; with no exceptions. There are no exceptions. Once the first two steps are tolerated, the retrograde down movement begins, and it does not end until it lands in the NCCC or the Communist Party.
SOURCE: Pastor Peter S. Ruckman, Article 9, “THE ALEXANDRIAN CULT SERIES”
To simplify what Brother Ruckman just said—Let's say you and Bob Jones III were spending the day together, and you both became very hungry. As you walk you see a smelly garbage can. Dr. Bob Jones III lifts the lid and you both see maggots crawling on some food in the garbage. You see a hot dog and a cheeseburger, covered in maggots. Dr. Bob reaches in and picks up the hot dog and starts eating it, claiming that it is okay (the best food in fact, he says)! But then you reach in to pick up the cheeseburger, and he says: “That food is corrupt, don't eat it!” Please pardon my crude illustration, but that is EXACTLY what Bob Jones III (and consequently Bob Jones University) are doing with the Bible. As you just read from the preceding information by Peter Ruckman, Bob Jones University says: “I feel that the ASV of 1901 is, by far, the most reliable version.” Yet, BJU also list the NEB (New English Bible) and the RSV (Revised Standard version) as “corrupt” versions. Huh? Folks, all of the modern Bible PERversions came out of THE SAME GARBAGE CAN (i.e., the corrupt Alexandrian manuscripts from Egypt).
Let's check and see how “RELIABLE” Bob Jones University's American Standard Version (ASV) really is. Let's compare 1st John 5:7, shall we? ...
KING JAMES BIBLE (KJB) - 1st John 5:7, “For there are three that bear record in heaven, the Father, the Word, and the Holy Ghost: and these three are one.”
AMERICAN STANDARD VERSION (ASV) - 1st John 5:7, “And it is the Spirit that beareth witness, because the Spirit is the truth.”
Uh, does anybody else see a big problem? Yeah, THEY TOOK OUT THE GODHEAD (aka, “THE TRINITY”). Some words are MISSING!!! The King James Bible uses 22 words, whereas the corrupt ASV only uses 14 words. Clearly, the Devil has been chipping away at the doctrine of Christ since 1881, when all this translation mess began, with Brooke Westcott's and Fenton Hort's “THE NEW TESTAMENT IN THE ORIGINAL GREEK.” What a work of Satanic darkness!!!
Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935)
I Want to Be Real for God
I have been wrongfully berated by church pastors, called “obsessed” over the Bible issue debate. You had better believe that I am “OBSESSED,” because I have to try to make up for all you butt-clowns in the pulpit who are indifferent and couldn't care less (I'm talking about the shallow interns from Pensacola Christian College in Florida; I'm talking about the apostate Bible-inspiration denying Bob Jones crowd!). “I'm Sick And Tired Of Being Sick And Tired!” (an MP3 sermon by Pastor Jack Hyles, “Somebody's got to care!!!”) Most pastors have bills to pay, and their job as the church pastor is just that—“A JOB”! So it becomes very easy to fall into the trap of merely playing church, going through the motions, where your heart is no longer on fire for God, and the ministry is simply a means of financial support. God help us! AMERICA IS GOING TO HELL!!! Somebody's got to stand up and PREACH THE TRUTH!!!
You know, before Billy Sunday ever became a famous evangelist, he was a professional baseball player. He got started out playing as a right-fielder for the Chicago White Stockings (later to be renamed The White Sox)! Like Pastor Jack Hyles, Billy Sunday had a lifelong interest in sports (I hate sports of all kinds...lol). ...
“Sunday remained a prominent baseball fan throughout his life. He gave interviews and opinions about baseball to the popular press; he frequently umpired minor league and amateur games in the cities where he held revivals; and he attended baseball games whenever he could, including a 1935 World Series game two months before he died.” —Billy Sunday
We've got too many men into the pulpits who don't belong there! It is not because they are lacking as men, but because they are not lacking as men; God is looking for weak men who depend wholly upon Him in prayer.
We've got a bunch of neo-fundamentalists (i.e., apostate Christians) today in Bible colleges and churches, who no longer believe that the King James Bible is verbally inspired Word-for-Word! It is tragic! They sit in their conformed Baptist churches, which all look and feel the same—boring! Men all wear white shirts and ties to conform. Some young ladies or men get up to sing a tear-jerking song or two. A minute is taken to shake hands with the annoying church member next to you. The pastor tells a silly joke or two, in an attempt to break the tension of the formalism. The offering plate is passed around, the Holy Grail of today's churches! (Gotta pay those bills!) The senior pastor delivers a good helpful message, but it is lacking of Holy-Spirit power and conviction over truth, so the alters are empty at invitation time. DEAD CHURCHES are the product of using non-inspired Bible versions!!!
For the year that I gratefully attended Harvest Baptist Church on Guam in 2014, their alters were always empty. The invitation had become a mere religious formality (which usually lasted about 30-60 seconds since no one came forward). Ah, Pastor Harry Ironside had it right—THE PREACHING THAT PRODUCES REPENTANCE!!! Read what Pastor Harry Ironside (1876-1951) had to say about his generation back in 1937 (a quote from the book I just recommended)...
“Therefore the crying need of our degenerate times is for a revival of true old-fashioned, Christ-centered, Bible preaching that will call upon all men everywhere to repent in view of that coming day when God will judge the world in righteousness by His Risen Son.” —Pastor Harry A. Ironside, a quote from chapter 16 of the excellent book: “EXCEPT YE REPENT”
Oh, how we need that in today's churches. Pastors are clever, witty and entertaining today; but they lack any fiery passion for TRUTH, RIGHTEOUSNESS and SOULWINNING, which desire only comes from seeking after God. Ironically, the former pastor of Harvest (a BJU alumni) advised me in 2017 to: “ALWAYS SEEK GOD!” I quickly tossed that live hand-grenade back at him, reminding him that he is the one promoting corruptible seed, the heresy of Lordship Salvation, and Calvinist false prophets like Dr. John MacArthur; so who needs to SEEK GOD? I am humbly already seeking God, which is why I have exposed his ministry (that he ran into the ground in his stubborn pride), and he now despises me (spelling my name in lowercase) for shining the light of THE TRUTH upon his works of darkness! Lordship Salvation is a work of darkness! The modern corrupt Bible versions are a work of darkness! John MacArthur is a prophet of darkness! I say these things with love and respect, in knowledge of THE TRUTH. Men only hang onto their errors by pride. 2nd Corinthians 11:6, “But though I be rude in speech, yet not in knowledge; but we have been throughly made manifest among you in all things.”
By God's grace, I thank God for every pastor and preacher, even the one's who are dry and lack the energetic spirit of a Billy Sunday. I heard Pastor Hyles say the same thing years ago. Thank God for all men of God! It is not my place to judge preachers, but I do have a VOICE to express my humble opinion as a redeemed child of God, as well as a free American citizen. Thank God for liberty! Faith in God brought us our liberties, and only continued faith in God will protect and sustain our liberties; our grievous sins as a nation over the past century have brought us to the brink of ruin. And may I say, a Baptist pastor who teaches Lordship Salvation is no better than a Jehovah's Witness who teaches it.
PULPITS HAVE BECOME WEAK!”
—Pastor Jeff Owens, “Unloved Preachers”
The Battle Over the Verbal Inspiration of the Holy Bible is Very Important
Oh listen to me my precious friend, Christians all across America admire Evangelist Billy Sunday, because HE STOOD against the vile, filthy, ungodly, LIQUOR TRAFFIC! And I say Amen to that! There's not a greater menace to any society that the evils of booze—LIQUID DEVIL!!! Billy Sunday never ceased preaching for Christ and against sin!!! I sure get inspired to preach when I listen to guys like Brother Lester Roloff and Evangelist Billy Sunday preach! But dear reader, how much more important is it to preach against those who deny the verbal inspiration of the Holy Bible, which is at the very core root of justification to keep changing it? Like Billy Sunday, I am also the sworn enemy of the Devil's liquor traffic, but I am also the sworn enemy of the Bible-corrupting movement in America! I'd 10,000 times rather get drunk than corrupt the inspired Words of God almighty! Hebrews 10:31, “It is a fearful thing to fall into the hands of the living God.”
Like Billy Sunday, humbly said, I have come out against the Bible-corrupting gang today, a century later! Our earthly life is nothing more than two dates and a vapor. William Ashley Sunday was born in 1862 and died in 1935. He came and went, as a vapor from a teapot. I was born in 1967, and I will die in less years than from when I was born. I remember in 2014 watching a sermon illustration by one of my favorite people, Evangelist Les Ollila, who spoke at Harvest. I really like Brother Ollila. I downloaded a bunch of sermons by him, which I shared with others at Harvest on CD's. Promoting the sermons of Pastor Jack Hyles with church members got me into trouble, but we're in this thing together as fundamentalists!!! I am “A Friend At Midnight!” (a precious MP3 sermon by Brother Hyles).
I was listening to a YouTube sermon the other evening with my son-in-law that he found, by Pastor Jack Hyles. Brother Hyles was preaching down in Texas in 1991 and taught from “Ephesians 6 - FIGHT, Then WITHDRAW, then STAND!” In the sermon, Brother Hyles says there is no such thing as: “CAUSING A SPLIT IN FUNDAMENTALISM,” because it cannot be split. You can leave fundamentalism, but you cannot split it! You can compromise and stop being a fundamentalist, but you cannot split it! A true FUNDAMENTALIST is someone who separates from those who no longer adhere to the fundamentals of the Christian faith. For example: Christians who once believed that the King James Bible is verbally inspired, but no longer do, are no longer “fundamentalist” Christians. They are still born-again believers, but they are not right with God, denying the veracity of the very foundation of Christianity, which is THE WORD OF GOD (1st Corinthians 3:11; John 1:1-3, 14; Revelation 19:13). Don't you foolishly tell me that the King James Bible is not inspired!!! GET THEE BEHIND ME SATAN!!!
I am doing the same thing that Billy Sunday did, preaching THE TRUTH, I've just picked a different giant to fight! For Billy Sunday it was a righteous obsession preaching against booze, gambling and dancing! For me it is a righteous obsession preaching against corruptible seed (fake Bibles), and the heresy of Lordship Salvation (a fake gospel). The work presented determines the tools needed to get the job done! There is nothing destroying the work of God today like counterfeit English Bible translations (literally HUNDREDS of them). Folks, God only authored ONE HOLY BIBLE!!! And likewise, Lordship Salvation is one of Satan's favorite weapons to hinder people from seeing the truth of the Gospel of free grace, through faith alone in Jesus Christ. Dr. Hyles says when you are passionate about what you are doing for God, that's when YOU KNOW you've found your ministry! I love my work! I am passionate about preaching THE TRUTH through my website ministry!!! To God be the praise, credit and glory. It is a perfect ministry for a man with a permanent physical disability (stenosis and radiculitis). Colossians 4:17, “Take heed to the ministry which thou hast received in the Lord, that thou fulfil it.”
“The TRUTH is a thousand times more powerful than what these liberal churches are selling. The truth is so concentrated that just one drop of the real unadulterated truth of THE GOSPEL—hard preaching—one clear 10-minute presentation of the Gospel, is more powerful than one hundred hours of NOTHINGNESS in their 'BLAH!' church or school!” —Pastor Steven L. Anderson; awesome YouTube sermon: “The Dechristianization Of Our Nation” | MP3
I love this photo of Billy Sunday...
I edited the photo better to my liking...
Evangelist Billy Sunday (1862-1935)
“We've got churches, lots of them. We've got preachers, seminaries, and they are turning out preachers and putting them into little theological molds and keeping them there until they get cold enough to practice preaching.” —Billy Sunday, “Criticism and Criticism” (chapter 18), from his biography by William T. Ellis titled, “Billy Sunday: The Man And His Message.”
We've got it all wrong in churches today. Young people flock to the rock concerts because they are exciting, but today's churches are as morgues. Angus Young from AC/DC still dresses-up like a school boy, with an outfit that his older sister sewed together for him. He rolls on the floor, jumps all around, and thrills the crowd. The guy is 64 years old and still rocking! One of their popular songs is: “Hell Ain't A Bad Place To Be” (the band has made a living by mocking God's Word). I feel sorry for them. Malcolm Young (Angus older brother) died at age 64 of dementia in 2017. The brothers who created the band AC/DC in 1973 made a lot of music together throughout their careers, enjoying incredible worldly fame, fortune and the good times; albeit “the world passeth away, and the lust thereof: but he that doeth the will of God abideth for ever” (1st John 2:17b). Oh, it is wonderful to be a Christian!
Do you know why I make such a big fuss over the Word of God? It is because God does! Psalms 138:2, “I will worship toward thy holy temple, and praise thy name for thy lovingkindness and for thy truth: for thou hast magnified thy word above all thy name.” We read in Philippians 2:9-10a, “Wherefore God also hath highly exalted him, and given him a name which is above every name: That at the name of Jesus every knee should bow...” Yet, Psalm 138:2 teaches that God exalts HIS WORD even above the name of Jesus!!! The reason why is obvious—because just as a man's bond is his word, so also is God's reputation dependent upon His faithfulness to honor HIS WORD. Oh, dear reader, know this, that GOD IS FAITHFUL!!!
I often hear Pastor Hyles say he wishes he could “KNOCK SOME SENSE” into people's heads. Unfortunately, we cannot do that. Proverb 27:22, “Though thou shouldest bray a fool in a mortar among wheat with a pestle, yet will not his foolishness depart from him.” True change of character must begin with the FEAR OF THE LORD! It must begin with salvation, for no man can change who does not possess the indwelling Holy Spirit. It all begins with receiving the inspired Words of God...
Proverbs 2:1-5, “My son, if thou wilt receive my words, and hide my commandments with thee; So that thou incline thine ear unto wisdom, and apply thine heart to understanding; Yea, if thou criest after knowledge, and liftest up thy voice for understanding; If thou seekest her as silver, and searchest for her as for hid treasures; Then shalt thou understand the fear of the LORD, and find the knowledge of God.”
You have to want God my friend, before you can have God! You have to want God's wisdom. That is what we just read. A person MUST receive the inspired Words of God, both to be saved (1st Peter 1:23) and to grow in grace as a believer (1st Peter 2:2). John 1:12, “But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God, even to them that believe on his name: Which were born, not of blood, nor of the will of the flesh, nor of the will of man, but of God.” That is what salvation is—receiving the incarnate Word of God (Jesus Christ) as your personal Savior!!! John 11:25-26, “Jesus said unto her, I am the resurrection, and the life: he that believeth in me, though he were dead, yet shall he live: And whosoever liveth and believeth in me shall never die. Believest thou this?” Jesus is precious!!!
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Please read my 233-page book titled: “SALVATION” (.PDF)
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better to get saved; he gets saved to get better.”
—Pastor Curtis Hutson (1934-1995), a quote from the excellent sermon, “Salvation Crystal Clear.”
“Faith is the only
righteous thing that I can do!”
—Pastor Jack Hyles, a quote from the MP3 sermon titled: “God's Reversal Of Psalm 51”
1st Corinthians 16:24, “My love be with you all in Christ Jesus. Amen.”
BELIEVE “THE GOSPEL” 2B SAVED!
Confession Is Never A Requirement For Salvation
'The Gospel' In Just One Minute(by Pastor Max D. Younce)
John 3:16, “For God
so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son,
that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life.”
“As a blind man has no idea of colors, so we have no idea of the manner
which the all-wise God perceives and understands all things.” —Isaac Newton (1642-1727)
Another Gospel Which Is Not Another (a red-hot MP3 by Dr. Curtis Hutson exposing Lordship Salvation)
“If you have to look at
your life to prove that you are saved, it proves that you're not!”
—Pastor Ralph Yankee Arnold; an excellent quote from the awesome YouTube sermon titled, “Why Lordship Salvation is WRONG! | MP3.”