Christs-Bride is an interesting topic. From 1976-1978, long before I came out, I attended a conservative fundamentalist Bible school for street preachers, the Pensacola Bible Institute. The Founder of PBI, Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, still going strong at age 94, is rancorously anti-gay. He is fond of name-calling from the pulpit and spits epithets like fag, fairie, homo, bull dyke, Frisco fairy, queer and sissy boys to demean gay people.
in Pensacola, FL in 2014 at age 92
Dr. Ruckman's view of Christs Bride
"Who shall change our vile body, that it may be fashioned like unto his glorious body..." - Philippians 3:21
"And as we have borne the image of the earthy, we shall also bear the image of the heavenly." - 1 Cor 15:49
From those three verses, Dr. Ruckman derives his teaching that in heaven all Christians will become exact replicas of Jesus Christ. All Christians will become bearded, circumcised 33 year old Jewish men. He then taught us in Bible class that this ALL-MALE bride of Christ will literally marry Christ in heaven and "physically consummate the marriage." He described life in heaven as "an orgasmic high."
He was teaching this perverse private interpretation in the late 1970s. It's difficult to avoid the conclusion that this belief says more about Dr. Ruckman's interior dialogue than about the realities of heaven.
"In the Millennium, stupid, Christ is right on a throne in Jerusalem where anybody can see Him. If that weren't enough, with Him will be all the saved people between Pentecost and the Rapture; according to 1 John 3:1-2, Philippians 3:21, and 1 Corinthians 15:44-49, each one will be a perfect replica of Jesus Christ. During the Millenium, there will be across this world a minimum, I would say, of 500 million exact reproductions of God's Son, minus the wounds." -Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, Ph.D.
(114) Simon Peter said to him, "Let Mary leave us, for women are not worthy of life." Jesus said, "I myself shall lead her in order to make her male, so that she too may become a living spirit resembling you males. For every woman who will make herself male will enter the kingdom of heaven." Gospel of Thomas 114
These bearded circumcised Jewish men who used to be women, will then marry Christ, become Christs-Bride and physically consummate the marriage, according to Dr. Ruckman's teaching in Bible class at Pensacola Bible Institute in the 1970s.
This strange teaching from an Independent Fundamental Baptist pastor, that Christians, Christs-Bride will have sex with Jesus in heaven, did NOT come from the "homos" and "bull dykes" Dr. Ruckman delights to attack.
This odd-ball theory was taught by Dr. Peter S. Ruckman, the anti-gay, street-preaching pastor of Bible Baptist Church in Pensacola, Florida. I wonder why he didn't preach his Christs-Bride theory outside the gay bars on Friday and Saturday nights in downtown Pensacola?
I and many others regard Dr. Ruckman's teaching about Christs-Bride as "way out in left field without a hat" false doctrine (and that's being charitable).
But the standard teaching about Christs-Bride from anti-gay Christians and the oddball musings of anti-gay Dr. Ruckman about Christ's bride raises interesting questions.
"And hath raised us up together, and made us sit together in heavenly places in Christ Jesus:"
- Ephesians 2:6
"For we are members of his body, of his flesh, and of his bones. For this cause shall a man leave his father and mother, and shall be joined unto his wife, and they two shall be one flesh. This is a great mystery: but I speak concerning Christ and the church. - Ephesians 5:30-32
Please understand. I am not questioning the truth of the Bible. I believe every word of the Bible. I AM questioning why anti-gay Christians get away with using the Bible to exclude gays and lesbians. When you think about it, the Christs-Bride teaching just doesn't make sense, the way they use it to exclude gays and lesbians.
In other words, God did not intend us to think that all believers will become exact look-alike replicas of Christ and then, as men, marry Christ and physically consummate the marriage in heaven. My advice is simple. Keep believing the Bible but don't accept everything anti-gay religious nuts tell you it means. Start reading and studying the Bible for yourself, 2 Timothy 2:15 in the old KJV and 2 Timothy 3:15-17.
God gave you a brain and a mind and when God saved you, He gave you the Holy Spirit to lead you into all truth, John 16:13, 1 Corinthians 12:13. Use those gifts from God to read, study and research the Bible on your own. You will be surprised at what God shows you. Use the excellent FREE resources on our eDisciples page and supercharge your spiritual growth!
God does not intend gay people to spend their lives alone and lonely even though that's what Focus on the Family and Exodus and Desert Stream would have you believe.
The "love" of the anti-gay crowd is not mediated through the prism of Matthew 7:12 or Matthew 22:36-40. The anti-gay crowd would never be satisfied to be treated the way they treat gays and lesbians.
I believe God knows the longing of our hearts because He made us. God's loving care for Adam, in providing the orientation compatible help meet that Adam needed, Genesis 2:18, encourages me to believe that God is faithful to provide gays with the orientation compatible help meet that we need. The help meet God provides us will be same sex instead of opposite sex.
We learn better and deeper lessons about God and His awesome love for us in the furnace of affliction. You can't have the message without first experiencing the mess. You can't have a testimony without first going through the test. Mountaintops are the place for rejoicing but life's greatest lessons are learned down in the valley where God's grace is made perfect in our weakness, 2 Cor 12:9. God teaches us, not by immediately taking away everything that causes pain and distress but by giving us grace to lean on Him in our need. Weeping may endure for a night but joy comes in the morning, Psalm 30:5.
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