Slice Archive Update

After the destruction of the original Slice by an incompetent hosting company, I decided to gradually republish salvageable posts from the past that are of some informational value. The site is now online. In addition, I will be occasionally adding current news stories minus public comment for sole purpose of giving out important information. Thanks to all who wrote in encouragement and to those who asked for an archive of posts.  I will be adding the archived posts over the next few weeks as I have time. I am enjoying a greater emphasis on edifying articles and posts on my Hope in Laodicea site. I feel that God is most interested today in His church returning a its first love of our Savior Jesus Christ. That is why my greatest efforts in publishing are going to be going in that direction. Information is important. What is most important is our fellowship and love for our blessed Savior. This often gets overlooked in our shock and horror at much that is wrong in the church. The church is made up of individuals. Only when individuals turn in repentance and bow low before our Savior will true spiritual change occur in lives and in our churches. The sickness in the church today is not limited to the apostate Elvis churches of our time. The dead orthodoxy and dryness and lifeless textualism in conservative churches is actually propelling the popularity of the false churches. A return to tradition is not the answer. What is needed is a return to a passionate love for our Lord and Savior, Jesus Christ. Only in the Vine, in true fellowship with the Lord, will real life exist. I want to be in the Vine, friends. How about you? Time is short, and how we spend it is desperately important.

When we turn our eyes upon Jesus and look full in His wonderful face, the things of this world will grow strangely dim, in the light of His glory and grace.

18 thoughts on “Slice Archive Update

  1. Carol says:

    I agree that our emphasis should be on the Lord Jesus Christ and less on the latest events taking place in the circus church.

    Our focus should be on our understanding of Jesus and what He did for us and how to live a life pleasing Him. We need to keep it simple and humble and not focus on sensationalism that can happen when one is focused on the apostasy.

    We need to have a fervent love for God, His Son and for others. We have to remember it’s not about “self” and best lives now. It’s about serving others to please God and not what’s in it for us.

    Thanks for the reminder of the straight and narrow. It doesn’t have the buzzers and bells of the carnal church, but we are not to be of the flesh.

  2. Debra says:

    Ingrid,

    You are very right in the return to Jesus.
    We need to get over the shock and just get on with it.
    Jesus will only wait just so long for His church to return to Him, befor He comes back.
    The bride has a lot of battle wounds, but now it is time to let Jesus heal those wounds.
    The bride needs to get ready for her betrothed.
    He awaits anxiously for her. And she for Him.
    Thank you for the Hope in Laodicea. It is much needed.

  3. Maureen says:

    I’m so glad you’re here. I look forward every day to coming to Hope in Laodicea and being encouraged. Thank you.

  4. Abigail says:

    You are in the True Vine, Ingrid. One day I was cleaning up the Library in our little Church and I found a small Moody Colportage book, “The True Vine” by Andrew Murray. We were coming up to John 15 in our adult Sunday School Class and I’ve always loved that Chapter of Scripture. I took the little book home and was so blessed by reading it. I asked our teacher, Miss Lillian, if I could reproduce it for our Class. It was out of print and out of copyright. She agreed and I had the privilege of making 25 or 30 copies to share with our fellowship. I did the material up in small booklets with a spiral binding. As I was finishing the project, the Lord brought to mind we had a blind man in our Class. I prayed about the matter. I asked the Lord to help me make a tape for the blind man by reading the entire little booklet into a small tape recorder. On two separate evenings after everyone else had retired for the night, I sat down in the living room and prayed for help by the Holy Spirit, for strength and grace and enough air (I have COPD) to speak the entire booklet on tape for Lester. In the strength of the Lord, the teaching went on two tapes smoothly. Anyone interested in reading Andrew Murray’s work on “The True Vine” can find it here: http://www.bibleword.com/ttv.htm
    God bless you, Ingrid, for all that you do!

  5. Shma says:

    Ingrid,

    Thank you for saying what is the most important thing!!!!!

    I have thought if people are truly worshiping God that they can’t help but tell others & the unsaved (hate that word un-churched) can see the Jesus in our lives.

    We need to keep our eyes on the Lord!

    Also thank you for making us aware of what’s going on in the false church so we can warn others! It’s important to know becasue my friend’s daughter was invited to a “seeker-friendly” church & thanks to the things I learned on “Slice” I was able to keep her from that church.

    You are doing a great service!!!!!!

  6. Christine says:

    Hello Ingrid,

    re: Slice Archive Update

    Can you clarify what you mean by the following?

    “The dead orthodoxy and dryness and lifeless textualism in conservative churches…”

    Please define:

    “dead orthodoxy”
    “dryness”
    “lifeless textualism”
    “conservative” churches

    What teachings define these?

    Thank you,
    Christine

  7. Ima says:

    Ingrid…

    Thank you for all the glorious work you do for our Lord and Saviour. We, your readers and listeners, are so blessed by it. I find myself so inadequate in trying to express myself these days…words fail me. Just suffice it to say you have been a lighthouse for my husband and me these past years. May God get all the glory! We learned from you and other discernment ministries what was wrong with the churches, including our own.

    While it is true that we must live IN the world, we must stay vigilent not to live LIKE the world. As the churches about us become more and more like the world, may we all pray for discernment for those about us and reach out to the lost. May those blinded by the carnality of the world awaken to truth.

    Again, my thanks to you and your family.

  8. Pastor M says:

    Ingrid,

    Glad to see that Slice is back up with articles. The article about Christian women being addicted to sexually immoral things is something that all of us need to be reminded of. I have heard this before, but this time it just grabbed my heart in a heavy way.

    As a Pastor I have to remember what is affecting the congregation that I am preaching too. Thank you for that reminder. Looking forward to reading what you put there and will continue to read this blog for a long time.

    http://hobbs705.wordpress.com/

  9. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Christine,
    For most of my childhood I attended conservative churches that had the right biblical doctrine, hymns and Gospel songs, Sunday school, and so forth but the churches we were in were not spiritually healthy. Two were actually in the process of dying. They had the form of godliness but the members were grossly complacent, largely prayerless and there was no power in the lives I witnessed. These are churches that would never have an Elvis impersonator or other foolishness. They would inveigh against such things. They were dedicated to doing things right. But there was a lukewarmness and a coldness. “Lifeless textualism” is a term used by A.W. Tozer to describe those in his denomination, the Christian Missionary Alliance, who would never compromise on the infallibility of Scripture, but for whom the Scriptures never seemed to penetrate into the reality of their lives. Pastor Noblit referred to these passionless Christians in his sermon when he was here. These are people who will go to the guillotine over whether the Bible is inspired and infallible but yet the Scriptures have no place in their everyday lives other than a cursory devotional reading. Often the fruit of these churches is found behind the scenes, in fractured relationships, in deeply troubled families, in gossip and conflict. These are churches where there is often a lack of love and concern for others. Please read Revelation chapter 2, verses 1-7. Scripture very clearly describes such churches. They may even have a discernment ministry to warn others. Verse 2 reads,

    “I know thy works, and thy labor and thy patience, and how thou canst not bear them which are evil; and thou hast tried them which say they are apostles, and are not, and hast found them liars; And hast borne, and hast patience, and for my name’s sake has laboured, and hast not fainted. Nevertheless, I have somewhat against thee, because thou hast left thy first love. Remember therefore from whence thou art fallen, and repent, and do the first works; or else I will come unto thee quickly, and will remove thy candlestick out of his place, except thou repent.”

    These are the dead textualists. They have the Word. They have their doctrinal ducks in a row, they are really good at discernment, but they are lifeless because they have lost their first love. We must have the Scriptures and hold them high, but we must also have life through daily fellowship with the author of the Scriptures. Life is in the Vine. It is not optional. Additionally, such churches actually serve to scatter the sheep of Christ’s flock who are desperate to find life somewhere. Young believers can be seduced into believing that the emerging church down the street is more “real”, has more passion and more interest in others than the orthodox church they just left. This is the danger.

    I hope that answers any questions that I raised. Without the Holy Spirit’s enlightening power, the Word is a dead letter to us. How we need the Holy Spirit of God to fill us and empower us. Without Him, our lamps will soon flicker and go out.

  10. michelleh says:

    Dear Ingrid,

    I had to look at some of the comments you have made personally against those who even though they preach wrongly with wrong motivations, we do have to be careful how we say what we say. You have battled with words towards my son, Skylar, who does serve the Lord Jesus Christ, however, he has pointed some things out to you as well. Christ told us to change our lives and become nothing so He can be greater. 1 John 2:9-10 says this “He who says he is in the light, and hates his brother, is in darkness until now, He who loves his brother abides in the light and there is not cause for stumbling in him. But he who hates his brother is in darkness and does not know where he is going, because the darkness has blinded his eyes.”

    Could you consider that some of the things you say make people cringe, like the comment “incompetent hosting company” is just plain rude? Titus 3:9 says “But avoid foolish disputes, genealogies, contentions, and strivings about the law;for they are unprofitable and useless, reject a divisive man after the first and second admonition, knowing that such a person is warped and sinning being self-condemned.”

    I started out liking your site, Slice….but after some of the comments you made, predominantly against Tammy Baker, not because I agree with her but just how sad your comments were about her. I understand exposing things but the comments are not Biblical or called for.

    Chances are you won’t post this and I understand. Could you consider Galatians 6:1-4 ?

  11. Ingrid Schlueter says:

    Hi Michelle,
    Thanks for your comment on my Hope site. I would like to ask that in the future if you have an issue with me personally on something I have written that you refrain from attempting to post it in the comment section and seek to speak with me on the phone or by email. You believe that I am unkind, but your writing critical comments on a public blog about personal differences with my writing style and calling me “rude” is not the best way to handle things either, wouldn’t you agree? When you do that, you then simply engage in the very thing to which you object. My hosting company was incompetent, illegally so, in fact, and they are refusing to accept responsibility for the loss of copyrighted material they were paid to protect. Christians are called to be truthful and as the Lord often illustrated, sometimes hard truths need to be spoken. I have said what I did for no other reason than the protection of others who can also be harmed by hosting companies that grow faster than their technical support abilities. There are some assumptions about the safety of online material that are not based in fact, as I learned to my cost.

    I’m sorry that you find my writing offensive. I want you to know that a great deal of prayer goes into the work that I do. I trust that when I cross a line that the Holy Spirit will convict me, as He always does. Times without number I have tweaked my writing to say things in a better way, a way that is clearly truthful without being needlessly offensive. The problem today is that almost anyone who attempts to point to error in the church is viewed as unloving, unkind and divisive. You can pray for me and all who have a public ministry that we would stay sensitive to the Lord’s voice and do all things according to His will and for His honor and glory.

    Michelle, I have tried to email this to you privately but found that the email you listed is not authentic.

    Thanks for writing.

    In Christ,

  12. Dee says:

    I just wanted Abigail to know I loved her story about what she did for her fellow adult Sunday School attendee. You ought to see if there’s someone at your church who knows how to digitize tapes, and could submit it to LibriVox for you —

    http://www.librivox.org

    It’s not a Christian site, but a site that’s determined to make audio files for all public domain books. They have a lot of Puritan writings made into audio files available online. Specifically, they have Absolute Surrender by Andrew Murray available, maybe your church friend would be interested in this:

    http://librivox.org/absolute-surrender-by-andrew-murray/

  13. Robert says:

    Hello Ingrid ,

    I’m glad to see Slice back online . I see dark clouds forming …the storm is almost here . It’s always been “to throw everything that hinders and the sin that so easily entangles and run with perseverance the race that is set before us fixing our eyes on Jesus the author and perfecter of faith ” but now even more so .

  14. Kathy says:

    Slice is back. Praise the Lord!

    My brain doesn’t understand gray. I need ” black and white”. Truth. Thank you for being so frank (or Ingrid); and for providing information in a manner that I can clearly understand. I hunger for God’s word and the Truth. Slice and Hope have both been blessings in my life.

    Thanks for the return of Slice.

    God bless you.

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