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By Benjamin Seeker
I’ve seen the debate happening over at https://bycommonconsent.com/2018/06/02/tithing-and-coercion/ on whether the church’s stance on tithing is coercive. Let’s debate it (cause what else are we going to do?)!
I don’t feel that tithing can be judged or seen as coercive except in some circumstances. For example, when a dad has a faith crisis and comes away believing differently than before there can be a certain feeling of coercion. If there are strong family ties to Mormonism, and if he values his own ties to Mormonism, he may feel pressured or even coerced to pay tithing in order to fully participate in family events like the baptisms and ordinations and other rites of passage involving his children.
An article written by someone who seems to have a good handle of the financial picture of the Church, especially as it relates to the use of tithing.
Where Do They Spend All the Tithing Money?
Here's the official anouncement for electronic tithe paying:
How many here would be willing to use this electronic method?
For several years now there has been a way for members to pay offerings online, although it was meant to be limited for certain situations. Apparently there are wards that are now participating in a beta version of an online tithe paying service which everyone will be able to use if they want, just by going to the LDS.org website.
Anyone else hear of this or know anyone participating? Anyone inclined to use such a service when it goes live?
I think this is a great story...even if we don't encourage participating in the lottery.
Mom wins it big...and still has her priorities straight.