It is a commandment to all members of the church. As with any commandment it is up to the individual if he or she is willing or able to fulfill this commandment.
There is no coercion in the Church, but there are many expectations due to covenants (promises) that members have made with God, covenants that are taken seriously by active members of the Church.
LDS_forever I think a big part of the benefits of tithing is just what you said it is a show of obedience to the lord. Through that he can use that donation and multiply it greatly and some of that will come back to you. Most likely in a ten fold. Might be clothing or food from unexpected sources that value way more then you gave or a real good job.
In "Preach My Gospel," the study guide given and used by missionaries, it says on page 78,
"Tithing funds are used to support the ongoing activities of the Church, such as building and maintaining temples and meetinghouses, carrying the gospel to all the world, conducting temple and family history work, and many other worldwide activities. Tithing does not pay local Church leaders, who serve without receiving payment of any kind.
It pays the salaries of your preachers too? How does the membership know how the money is spent, is there a statement of accounts?
Your question is intresting there revival I was reading the quote from dbackers and it said this.
|Tithing does not pay local Church leaders,|
Yes given you back ground I bet you do. I shall have to start a thread on this in a more general topic so as not to clutter this one with this discussion we are about to embark on. It is a pet peeve of mine.