“To give your sheep or cow a large, spacious meadow is the way to control him.” ~Shunryu Suzuki
If you are a leader of a country and you want to guarantee that your people will rebel, restrict them as much as possible. Make many, many rules to control their behavior. Don’t let them have opportunities to grow and better themselves. Inevitable, this leads to rebelion, yet despots still do it.
The same applies to the leaders of a church or spiritual school. Discipline is needed, of course, for spiritual growth, but excessive and arbitrary rules and regulations will actually stifle the spiritual growth of the members and often result in their leaving or rebeling. Churches and spiritual schools should really only need one rule: obey the will of God. Unfortunately, over many generations, most of us have lost the ability to communicate with God. So the first thing a real spiritual school much teach is how to get back the ability to communicate with God and the Beings of Light. Until then, the advanced teachers who can communicate with God have to provide reasonable rules for the others to follow until they can communicate with the spiritual worlds themselves.