Is It Windows Vista Compatible?
Volume IX ~ Issue XXI ~ February 15th, 2009
By: Brian A. Yeager
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A couple of months ago I had some computer problems that sent me to the store to find some solutions. Finding a program to fix a virus etc. resulted in more headaches than a computer is worth. One thing that has become increasingly irritating (for those of us who use computers) is that you have to find programs to work with operating systems when they change them in newer computers. You may have a whole library of valuable computer software that becomes obsolete when Microsoft decides to produce a new version of an operating system. I switched to a Macintosh computer system because there are fewer problems. There are still program compatibility issues, but at least the system works.

No, this is not going to be an article about computers. But, do you even know what a Vista 64 bit system is? Let me tell you. I am just kidding. Here’s the point of all the above… Isn’t it great that we serve a God who does not change? God says:
“For I am the LORD, I change not…” (Malachi 3:6). Jesus made a very similar statement too: “Jesus Christ the same yesterday, and to day, and for ever” (Hebrews 13:8).

God’s word does not change with time either. The revealed New Testament will be God’s final revelation until the coming of Christ to judge the world. Those same words will judge us (John 12:48). Notice some Scriptures:
“Heaven and earth shall pass away: but my words shall not pass away… Seeing ye have purified your souls in obeying the truth through the Spirit unto unfeigned love of the brethren, see that ye love one another with a pure heart fervently: Being born again, not of corruptible seed, but of incorruptible, by the word of God, which liveth and abideth for ever. For all flesh is as grass, and all the glory of man as the flower of grass. The grass withereth, and the flower thereof falleth away: But the word of the Lord endureth for ever. And this is the word which by the gospel is preached unto you” (Mark 13:31 and I Peter 1:22-25). Isn’t it great to serve an unchanging Lord and to be under an unchanging law? Brethren, this means we need to be a people of an old faith, not the changes we see so often today!

We Are An Old Paths People!

In the Old Testament God’s people had changed (many times). In order to repent they had to go back to what was right in the sight of God. They needed to leave idolatry and their own crafty ways to turn back to God (Jeremiah 5:1-9). Things had gotten so bad that God’s people of old had turned to the false prophets for comfort causing God to be furious (Jeremiah 6:9-14). God’s people had walked so far from Him that they lost the conscience they needed to repent (Jeremiah 6:15). In this context, notice what Jeremiah writes:
“Thus saith the LORD, Stand ye in the ways, and see, and ask for the old paths, where is the good way, and walk therein, and ye shall find rest for your souls. But they said, We will not walk therein” (Jeremiah 6:16).

Brethren, we see changes among God’s people today just about everywhere we look. We need to be strong and stand in the old paths. The Gospel that was preached in the first century needs to continue to be the same Gospel we believe, teach, and practice today. It is those words of Jesus, the New Testament (Hebrews 1:1-2; 9:15-17), which are the words of life (John 6:63; 68). Those words of Christ are the words we are supposed to live by (Luke 4:4 and II Peter 1:3) and are supposed to hold forth (Philippians 2:15-16). Notice what Jesus said:
“Verily, verily, I say unto you, He that heareth my word, and believeth on him that sent me, hath everlasting life, and shall not come into condemnation; but is passed from death unto life” (John 5:24). Like Microsoft, many of our “brethren” enjoy changing their worship, teaching, and faith regularly. Unlike a computer user, we must not compromise to be compatible with the “contemporary” doctrines of today.

To Be “Lord Compatible” We Cannot Be “Brotherhood Compatible”

The introduction of false doctrine among brethren is not a new problem (Acts 20:28-31, I Timothy 4:1-3, and II Timothy 4:2-5). The need to protect brethren against change is not new either (I Timothy 1:3-7). The actions that are to be taken with those who teach error must not change from the actions commanded in the first century. Notice what actions we should take against those who seek to create “new paths”:
“Now I beseech you, brethren, mark them which cause divisions and offences contrary to the doctrine which ye have learned; and avoid them. For they that are such serve not our Lord Jesus Christ, but their own belly; and by good words and fair speeches deceive the hearts of the simple… If any man teach otherwise, and consent not to wholesome words, even the words of our Lord Jesus Christ, and to the doctrine which is according to godliness; He is proud, knowing nothing, but doting about questions and strifes of words, where of cometh envy, strife, railings, evil surmisings, Perverse disputings of men of corrupt minds, and destitute of the truth, supposing that gain is godliness: from such withdraw thyself” (Romans 16:17-18 and I Timothy 6:3-5).

If we ever decide to change with the tide (cf. Ephesians 4:14), we will no longer be in fellowship with the Lord (II John 9-11). Many are deciding to change with other churches so that their “circle of fellowship” will be larger. Brethren, if the Lord’s circle of fellowship becomes so small that we could assemble in a phone both and still have room to spare, so be it (Psalms 133:1, I Corinthians 1:10, and Philippians 3:16)! Deciding to move the boundaries of fellowship put in place by God (cf. Ephesians 5:11), is NEVER an option (Proverbs 4:14-19, Galatians 2:1-5, I John 1:3-7, and Jude 3-4)!


Brethren, we each need to be sure we are compatible with the will of God. We must stand firm and stay committed to the old paths. In conclusion, to be Jesus Christ compatible, let’s live according to these words that Paul wrote by inspiration:
“Therefore, my beloved brethren, be ye stedfast, unmoveable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, forasmuch as ye know that your labour is not in vain in the Lord… Therefore, brethren, stand fast, and hold the traditions which ye have been taught, whether by word, or our epistle” (I Corinthians 15:58 and II Thessalonians 2:15).