Financial Planning and Advice from a Biblical Worldview
We hold people accountable to make wise financial decisions and have a Christ like mindset that will give them a better chance to experience God's best for their life. This includes His peace, wisdom, joy, and contentment.
According to Barna Research Group a biblical worldview is defined as:
- believing that absolute moral truths exist;
- that such truth is defined by the Bible;
- and firm belief in six specific religious views.
Those views are that:
- Jesus Christ lived a sinless life;
- God is the all-powerful and all-knowing Creator of the universe and He still rules it today;
- salvation is a gift from God and cannot be earned;
- Satan is real;
- a Christian has a responsibility to share their faith in Christ with other people;
- and the Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.
Only 4% of Americans have the above Biblical
Worldview and only 9% of born again Christians have the above defined Biblical Worldview. The point, according to Barna, of all this is that “Many Christians believe in Jesus but fail to think like Jesus.”
What about you? Do you think like Jesus? Are you in the overwhelmingly majority or the minority?
My opinion? The above Biblical Worldview all starts with #2 and religious view #6 – “absolute moral truth is defined by the Bible”, and “The Bible is accurate in all of its teachings.” If you believe #2/#6, read the Bible, and have the Holy Spirit, then you will have a Biblical Worldview. We can’t act like Jesus, unless we think like Jesus. To better think like Jesus we should believe, read, and know what the Bible communicates.
Do You Receive Wise or Foolish Counsel/Advice?
- Psalm 1:1 - Blessed is the man Who walks not in the counsel of the ungodly, Nor stands in the path of sinners, Nor sits in the seat of the scornful; [NKJV]
- Job 21:16 - Indeed their prosperity is not in their hand; The counsel of the wicked is far from me. [NKJV]
- Psalm 37:30, 31 - The mouth of the righteous utters wisdom, And his tongue speaks justice. The law of his God is in his heart; His steps do not slip. [NASB]
Human “wisdom” is limited to the world’s knowledge, understanding, perspective, and experience. Biblical wisdom is timeless, unchanging, awe-inspiring, perfect, complete, and practical and is based on God’s knowledge, understanding, perspective, and experience. God is the source of Biblical wisdom. The Bible says that “the fear of the LORD is the beginning of wisdom.” If someone doesn’t fear God then how can we expect for them to give wise counsel? A non-Christian advisor or counselor cannot deliver true wisdom.
What is wisdom? The Dictionary reads, “the quality or state of being wise; knowledge of what is true or right coupled with just judgment as to action; sagacity, discernment, or insight.” But the Bible states in Proverbs 2:6, “For the LORD gives wisdom; from His mouth come knowledge and understanding.”
Proverbs and the world’s mindset don’t match. Yes I have been reading in Proverbs and it is hitting me pretty hard. I am enjoying the peace I experience as my mind is renewed with truth. The integration of Biblical wisdom and professional advice is a value that I provide to you (my clients) that most of the financial services industry cannot match.
My personal conviction is that I would not hire a psychiatrist/psychologist, doctor or teacher (not tutor) for my young children, pastor, accountability coach, or financial planner that did not have a Biblical Worldview. I am very careful about from whom my family or I receive advice.
We encourage you to answer questions like:
- How much is enough? Or how much do I need to save/store up?
- How much should I give away?
- Where should I invest? Does God care? If I follow biblical principles will my investment return suffer?
- How much money should I leave to my children and grandchildren and Christ's church?
- What does the Bible say about ________?