The Easter Faith and the Mandate of the Knights Templars
Reverend Canon Chev. Brian Cox, GCRTJ, GMTJ
Deputy Grand Chaplain

Excellencies All:

What is the Easter faith and how does this inform the original mandate and present call of the Knights Templar?

The Easter faith does not consist of simply believing that Jesus physically rose from the dead. That is a proven historical fact. No amount of “ fake news “ by Pilate or the Sanhedrin was able to suppress the simple truth that the tomb was empty on that first Easter Day. No, the Easter faith begins with an encounter with the risen Jesus that leads to a personal faith and a life of what Dietrich Bonhoeffer called "costly discipleship." Jesus invited us to follow Him not to fulfill our own dreams but to die to ourselves and embrace God’s purposes. The Apostle Paul expresses this in II Corinthians 5:7 “We live by faith, not by sight." This embodies the original call to Abraham as expressed in Galatians 3: 6-9 “Consider Abraham: 'He believed God and it was credited to him as righteousness.' Understand then, that those who believe are children of Abraham. The Scripture foresaw that God would justify the Gentiles by faith, and announced the gospel in advance to Abraham: 'All nations will be blessed through you.' So those who have faith are blessed along with Abraham, the man of faith.'" Hence, the Easter faith is surrendering and submitting to Jesus as our King and trusting God at the deepest level of our being. This leads us to see the world around us with the eyes of faith and to see the opportunities that are invisible to the nonbeliever, the opportunities that the Holy Spirit is creating for new flows of God’s grace, and love to transform people and societies.

The original mandate of the Knights Templar was to embrace both the monastic and military life as a model to fulfill the twin objectives of escorting Christian pilgrims safely to Jerusalem and protecting the Holy Land from attack by the Muslims. As such, it began not as an organization but as a dynamic movement based on the Easter faith. Today that original mandate has taken the shape of being advocates for persecuted Christians throughout the world, but particularly in the Muslim majority lands and Israel of the Middle East. It has also embraced the ministry of reconciliation by seeking to build bridges among the children of Abraham, particularly between Christians and Muslims.

With the rise of Radical Islam our original mandate and its particular manifestation today takes on special poignance. The Knights Templar has an extraordinary opportunity to play an historic role which the institutional church is incapable of playing at this time because of its lack of vision. This will require the Knights Templar both as individuals and as a collective community to embrace the Easter faith to take the risk of embracing the opportunity that lies before us. The present hostility between the Judeo-Christian West and the Islamic world has moved far beyond the ability of interfaith dialogue to reset the calculus. It now requires the visionary thinking of seeing the opportunities that God is creating in the present situation. And what are those opportunities? They are to challenge the Islamist movements to consider a new role in world politics as peacemakers, reconcilers, and problem solvers. This will require us to engage the Islamist movements who are the real influencers and opinion shapers in the Muslim world. As we engage them in a dynamic of reconciliation we can be instruments of softening their hearts and preparing them for the great outpouring of the Holy Spirit that will come upon the Muslim world. The prophet Joel spoke about this: "In the latter days I will pour out my spirit on all flesh." God is presently preparing the Muslim world for a great outpouring of the Holy Spirit. Will the Knights Templar seize the fullness of the door that God is opening in the Muslim world? It will require the Easter faith both to see the opportunity and to seize it.

Non Nobis, Domine, Non Nobis, Sed Nomini Tuo Da Gloriam.


April 2019
Regular publication of SMOTJ GPUSA

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  Family and Friends Tours

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  The Easter Faith and Knights Templar

  AmazonSmile Charity

  Templars Quarterly Update

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  GPUSA Calendar


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