Its one of the oldest scams in the history of the Bible. Malachi 3:8 has been used, abused, lied about, and misrepresented by peddlers of the Word of God to extort and steal money from the people worshipping the Lord. It has been done by priests of old, ministers, pastors, evangelists, and TV charlatans, particularly TBN. "Will man rob God?" They have lied about the word man. These thieves make the everyday church member believe the word "man" is referring to them. In fact, the word refers to the priests, pastors, and ministers. God is speaking to and about them. We see this clearly in Malachi 1:6-8, 2:1, 4, 7-8, and Malachi 3:3-5. The priests would take the blemished animals and sacrifice them to the Lord. Then, they would sell the best and keep the profits for themselves. Today pastors etc use this verse to get more money from the congregation or TV audience. At the same time, they neglect the poor, wage earners, widows, and those passing through. It is a practice that has not changed in centuries. Some fall for it every time. It does not even hold up to OT giving. The command in Deut 26:12-13 had a tithe every third year. The tithe was based on the "increase." So this begs the question, if you are in an OT mindset, giving as a burden of 10%, what are you basing it on? Is it 10% of net, gross, savings after living expenses? If so, why are you not giving 10 % based on Social Security match, health and life premiums, retirement and vacation time? What is the standard? That's right, you have no idea. So, what is the Christian NT standard. Well it is to give generously and cheerfully. If you cannot do that, keep your money. The bottom line is if you are being lead by the Holy Spirit, the burden is gone. You are a new creature in Christ. Examine yourself and listen to what He says. If you are doing that, you will find that giving will be much more than the outdated, tired, old concept of 10%. And for goodness sakes, if you hear another sermon based on Malachi 3:8 to get more money, have some earplugs handy. The Holy Spirit will let you know what to give, not the peddler at the podium or on the TV screen.