I have heard many assert that the Correlation Program was implemented to control what the members were learning (thereby limiting exposure to the controversy of the early church and its leaders). Is this assertion true? Did the Church implement Correlation in order to control what was being taught? If so, are things better off with members and teachers having less freedom in what they learn and teach each Sunday?
On another note, perhaps the Correlation Program was implemented as a necessity measure in preparing for the growth of the church. As a church grows (one only need look as far as Paul, Peter and other leaders in the original church), it becomes more difficult to overcome the potential apostasy that emerges though misunderstanding of past teaching and practises and the introduction of new ideas from converts. Correlation could have been conceivably introduced to help regulate what is taught and reduce the chances of apostasy. If this was why it was implemented, has it been effective? Are there less people apostatising from the Church than there would have been without Correlation?
Can the Correlation Programme have been introduced for both reasons? Or other reasons altogether?