Tuesday, June 10, 2014
My home state of Florida is host to a variety of weird flora and fauna but some of the people here are the most bizarre of all. Pastor Peter Ruckman of the Pensacola Bible Institute is a prime specimen of Floridian weirdness. He is one of the most extreme advocates of the King James Only movement, which considers the King James Version of the Bible to the be best available English translation of scripture. Ruckmans departs from some of his saner colleagues, however, in his fantastic claim that the translation of the KJV constitutes divine revelation. He calls it "the infallible English text." It is profoundly odd that a Protestant would declare a bunch of 17th Century English dudes to be an extra-biblical source of divine revelation. Weirder still, more than a few Independent Baptists seem to believe this nonsense. Jack Chick, who is even crazier than you think, is a Ruckmanite. Chick claims that God made English the universal language of the world (really) so that the infallible KJV could be read by everyone. He says that the use of other translations by Protestants is due to the nefarious workings of Satan/Catholicism. Between them, Ruckman and Chick spread this bizarre heresy to whomever is gullible enough to believe it. I suppose we should be grateful that they aren't espousing Arianism or something. Weird micro-heresies like this probably don't pose too much of a threat to anyone's soul, and at least they provide an entertaining diversion to the rest of us.