Many Christians choose movies, music and even retailers based on how they impact their faith.
Why, asks financial expert and nationally syndicated host Dan Celia, should investing be any different?
Celia leads Financial Issues Stewardship Ministries (FISM, www.
For more than 20 years, Timothy Plan, which recently hit $1 billion of assets under management, has helped investors achieve their financial goals while investing in a biblically and morally responsible manner. Timothy Plan does not invest in those companies that support pornography, abortion, same-sex marriage or have other agendas contrary to the teachings of Scripture, or are actively participating in activities that may prove destructive to our communities at large.
"What this means to me is that there is $1 billion not supporting the darkness of this world," Celia said of the Timothy Plan milestone. "This, of course, does not even take into account the billions of dollars from those who have other areas of investments that are biblically responsible as well. I recently read an article based on a survey that claimed that fewer people are concerned with following a faith-based agenda and feel no need to attend church. This excellent news from Timothy Plan illustrates 1 billion rebukes to that claim."
Celia also shared with his readers and listeners an email he recently sent to Timothy Plan founder Arthur Ally and his team:
"I can't express how excited I am that so many people are understanding the importance of putting their money where their faith and conviction are. And one way they are doing that is partnering with Timothy," Celia wrote of the $1 billion threshold. "God's hand of blessing is surely upon your work only because of a founder and staff that are committed to 1 Corinthians 15:58, which happens to be my life's verse: 'Therefore, my beloved brethren, be steadfast, immovable, always abounding in the work of the Lord, knowing that your labor is not in vain in the Lord.' May God, our Lord and Savior, continue to direct your steps and be a light to your path!"
Celia, a foremost authority and one of the most trusted experts on biblically responsible investing, has seen a dramatic increase in the past several years in the growth of the market of investors who want to honor God with the money He has entrusted to them.
"Many investors today, especially the faithful, want to stay away from companies who are supporting a disgusting and offensive agenda," Celia said. "Evangelical Christians make up a huge percentage of average investors across America, and my goal for the past 28 years has been to educate this segment of investors to take a stand against company executives who are allowing their personal ideology to get in the way of the responsible stewardship of stockholders' money."
Timothy Plan Mutual Funds give testimony to this change and dramatic shift in conscience, as they have seen dramatic inflows from evangelical Christians who are dedicated to making sure the money they have been blessed with is not being used to further erode the moral fiber of America, Celia added.
Timothy Plan offers a biblically responsible family of funds designed to suit the various needs of Christian investors. In 1994, Timothy Plan pioneered the first pro-life, pro-family screening standard and will not invest a single penny into any company that violates these screens. Timothy Plan's two-page "Know Your Investments" document represents a small portion of companies failing the screens.
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