More Christians Move to Biblical Stewardship, But Some Businesses and Churches Must Choose Wiser

May 15, 2017

Financial Expert Dan Celia Calls on Christians

to Honor God with Their Investments

 

PHILADELPHIA, Pa.—If there’s one piece of advice financial expert and nationally syndicated radio and television host Dan Celia gives to his listeners, it’s to honor God with their money and investing. It’s a philosophy that has sustained his ministry for decades, and this biblical wisdom reminds Christians that every resource is of God.

Biblical stewardship is at the basis of Celia’s ministry, Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, www.financialissues.org), as he focuses on finances daily during his two-hour program, “Financial Issues.”

Too often, Celia says, investors overlook where their money is really going, ignoring the impact that their investing may have on the greater good in relation to God’s word. But that seems to be changing.

A new study conducted by the Forum for Sustainable and Responsible Investment reveals that “sustainable, responsible and impact investing” is growing, according to Social Earth. The report found that assets in these realms have expanded to $8.72 trillion across the U.S., a 33 percent increase from 2014.

“While many Christians are moving toward biblical investing,” Celia said, “unfortunately, some Christian-owned businesses and churches are putting their money into stocks that support areas that go against our faith, such as the growth of the abortion industry through Planned Parenthood, pornography and LGBTQ activism. As Christians, we simply cannot pour our resources—which God provided to us in the first place—into things that tear down society and go against God’s teachings.”

Celia added that biblical investing does not equal sacrificing growth or profit. While there is no magic formula or miracle that will come with choosing biblically responsible investments, God will bless those who honor him with their finances, Celia said.

The financial expert and host also educates his audience about his stock “sell” list, encouraging those who strive to be biblically responsible with their investing to sell certain stocks based on the company’s involvement in immoral or anti-biblical issues that should be concerning to Christians.

“As we think about being biblically responsible with our money, and when we think about how to honor God with our money, we must consider everything, from choosing stores and buying items to purchasing stock and owning mutual funds. In these uncertain times, we must get it right in every possible way and, in particular, be biblically responsible in everything—especially our finances. It will take us being ‘sold out’ against the things that dishonor God, and that includes investment in companies that dishonor biblical principles.”

Celia leads Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, www.financialissues.org). Read more about Celia, FISM and the “Financial Issues” program here.

Visit the Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries web site at www.financialissues.org, its Facebook page, on YouTube at Financial Issues with Dan Celia or on Twitter @financialissues. Download the new Financial Issues app here.

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To interview Dan Celia of Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries, contact Anna Price, 610-584-1096, x100, Media@HamiltonStrategies.com, or Deborah Hamilton, 215-815-7716 or 610-584-1096, x102.


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