That, in a nutshell, is the idea of precedent – where we follow the lead of those men and women of faith who have gone before us. We don’t follow their lead blindly. (There is no call for imitating the apostles when they were disputing about who among them was the greatest.) But we follow them as they appear to be consistent with the guiding principles which are reflected out of the pages of Holy Writ.
The Cultural Church, F. LaGard Smith, page 172