Gerald Flurry makes the following comment in his latest booklet. This is pretty rich coming from a guy that controls every aspect of his follower's lives to the point they will abandon families just because he said so. The Church of God has always been about legislating what its members thought with hundreds of booklets, letters, magazines and books on every topic imaginable.
When has any member in the church ever been able to make their own decisions and formulate their own thoughts without the church interfering in one manner or another? Anytime a church member does that the ministry brings the hammer down.David could command huge choirs of people, and he commanded praising and thanking God. That is straightforward instruction. But you cannot legislate the way people think. This is where character comes in. Each individual must make his own decisions and master his own thoughts.