Jesus needs our money to make his church work properly. It's as simple as that. Church's don't run on dreams, my friends! So we shouldn't be surprised when our dear leaders make these kinds of demands for our obedience to the law of tithing:
"Bishop Orellana looked at the new convert and said, “If paying tithing
means that you can’t pay for water or electricity, pay tithing. If
paying tithing means that you can’t pay your rent, pay tithing. Even if
paying tithing means that you don’t have enough money to feed your
family, pay tithing. The Lord will not abandon you.” (Ensign Dec. 2012)
Sound advice, right? But the promise is clear - the Lord will be with you. We're just not sure how.
"The Lord has commanded us to pay tithing.
In return, He promises to “open … the windows of heaven, and pour … out
a blessing, that there shall not be room enough to receive it” (Malachi 3:10). His blessings, however, come in His own way and in His own time and can be spiritual or temporal." (Ensign Mar. 2013)
That's a great way of saying "Want blessing? Go fish."
If it sounds like fraud to you, or a hoax, or a scam, or a pay-to-play scheme, you're not alone.