Q. Is there a difference between tithing and offerings? I am of the opinion that any giving to the Lord, either donations to the church or offerings to children’s orphanages , providing Bibles (Bible League for instance), or giving to missions that are spreading the word are the essence of tithing.
A. The word tithe specifically refers to the tenth of our increase that belongs to the Lord. Many people give all their contributions to their local church for distribution, but it’s not required that we do so. You can use tithe money in all the ways you’ve described, allocating it as you see fit. Once you’ve paid your tithe, anything you give above and beyond that is called a gift or a voluntary offering.