BCC is hosting an all-star panel of academics on questions relating to correlation. Talking about correlation reminds me of a time from our history when doctrinal correlation efforts were incredibly restrictive. The prophet explicitly came out and restricted all preaching, Church-wide, to just a couple key doctrines. Apparently, it stayed that way for years, but it seemed to work out pretty well.
Intriguingly, this Correlation program was followed by a period of rising inactivity and outright rebellion among the youth, which some have postulated we have now and should be linked to current Church correlation. The official record of that era attributes this iniquity the rising generation’s difficulty understanding and believing the doctrines taught them by their parents. And that their unbelief made it so they could not understand, leading them to sin. So is this because of Correlation, or because the youth were simply succumbing to temptation? They had not consecrated themselves in the way their parents had, so perhaps they were a softer people.
We actually have a revelation on that rising apostasy, and God doesn’t link it to the Correlation program; the Lord appears to be rather happy with the institutional Church and the prophet. He links the problem to those who will not repent. There is no effort to change the preaching, but rather a “hard-liner” approach of flushing out those who sinned, encouraged others to sin, and refused to repent. Apparently it worked.
Does this tell us that our current Correlation program is perfect? Surely not. Those were different circumstances and that prophet did what God wanted him to do for those people. I don’t know that any of us knows how best to run this great, sprawling, worldwide Church. And no matter how it is done, there will be people who gain and lose from the different institutional choices made. We hope and pray that God continues to inspire the relevant leaders, and even the relevant bureaucrats, to run the modern Church as God would have it be run. (For we walk by faith, not by sight.)