It is better to help the poor and needy rather than give tithes and offering to a church and its priest or pastor. A contrite heart and a defender of the poor and less fortunate are the best tithes and offering one can give. It is more Christlike than tithes.
Words, belief and faith are part and parcel of being at peace with self, here on earth, in the mind and in the hereafter. However, all these are useless without Love for one another.