it is really just the honor system between the member and God. The paper given to the member is for tax purposes, if the member chooses to deduct the donations.
As it should be, and the honor system is what I'm sure most people go by, [some would say it is guilty concience] and the tax records is a good thing too!
on the other hand, our tithing is put in envelopes which are handed to the Bishop or one of his Counselors whenever it is convenient. There is no plate or bucket past around in church so no one sees who is giving what.
I think it is ideal that way no one gossips about hos little or how much someone gives.
As long as you looked to God to direct your giving, you are in the right, and their attitudes are wrong.
I agree here and this is how it should be always!
You're also missing a huge part of God's character with this.
Personally, I don't think so. I am aware of who and what he is without knowing about him giving money to anyone.
If you're not giving because you can't afford to, you're wrong.
If a family can't give because they can't afford to, how is that wrong?
You're not paying for services rendered, but your money helps the church to render services.
Of course, this is a given that this is how it is!