Biblical Foundation


(1) We believe the BIBLE is true.
  As Christians, we have a firm belief in the inerrancy of the Word of God.  2Timothy 3:16-17: “All scripture is given by inspiration of God, (literally God-breathed) and is profitable for doctrine, for reproof, for correction, for instruction in righteousness: That the man of God may be perfect, thoroughly furnished unto all good works.”


(2) God is Holy and calls His people to be holy. 1 Peter 2: 9, 11, 12 – “You are a chosen race, a royal priesthood, a holy nation, a people for God’s own possession, that you may proclaim the excellences of Him who has called you out of darkness into His marvelous light…I urge you …to abstain from fleshly lusts…keep your behavior excellent.” Ephesians 4:24 – “…put on the new self, created to be like God in true righteousness and holiness.”  The point is, we don’t assess, judge, and weigh things as the world does. We don’t think and act as the world does.


(3) God owns it all.  We believe we are to be good stewards of all that our creator has endowed us with, including our investments.   Psalms 24:1 – “The earth is the Lord’s, and everything in it, and all who live in it.”  1 Corinthians 4:2 – “Now it is required that those who have been given a trust must prove faithful.”


(4) We can honor and acknowledge God with our investment choices. Proverbs 3:6 says, “In all your ways acknowledge Him…” The Hebrew word “acknowledge” (yada) means to know God intimately. This is not mere intellectual knowledge. Rather it is a profoundly deep understanding of God that results in loving, trusting, obeying and submitting to Him. Consequently, this verse is telling us that in every aspect of our life and being, we are to know intimately and to love and obey God. It is no mistake then that three short verses later (in Proverbs 3:9) the writer exhorts the reader to “Honor the Lord from your wealth.” One means by which we acknowledge, serve and honor our Lord is through the wealth and earthly goods He has placed in our trust.  It is our belief, we are exhorted to support God-honoring work and avoid profiting from investments that are at odds with our Lord's efforts to save and sanctify His people. Accordingly, we would be less than the good steward that He has called us to be if we did not seek to adjust our portfolios for these factors. Simply put, a "what would Jesus do" approach to portfolio management is what we seek for our clients.



DISCLOSURE:
Some, not all, text taken from a transcript of a conference call made on June 15th, 2009 for the Kingdom Advisors Biblically Responsible Affinity Group:  "A Scriptural Basis for Biblically Responsible Investing”, led by Nancy Currid, Director of Research, The Biblically Responsible Investing Institute (BRII).  For the full transcript email cindy@stewardshipassetmanagement.com