Since you believe that Mr Herbert W Armstrong had the ministerial rank of “apostle,” what is your response to those who believe that there is to be no further understanding or change after he died on January 16th 1986?
Our original Q&A on this subject, as quoted in the first part of this series, covered 1 Corinthians 11 v 1: “Imitate me, just as I also imitate Christ.” In some other translations “imitate” is translated as “follow” and so the words follow and imitate seem to be interchangeable – but are they? Dictionary definitions are as follows:
Follow: go after as an admirer; strive after; aim at
Imitate: mimic; try and get as close to the real thing as possible; impersonators
“Mimetes” is the Greek word translated imitate (see Strong’s Hebrew and Greek Dictionaries). So we need to know – and be sure – what Scripture says and imitate any leader only according to revealed Scriptural instruction and not to add on any unnecessary, unwanted, unwarranted or personal opinions or baggage.
The Christian life, as revealed in the Bible, is one of overcoming and growing spiritually toward the goal of being spiritually mature like Christ. God expects us, as Spirit-begotten Christians to be developing…