Who We Are
The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem,
Inc. is an autonomous and independent organization, incorporated
in the United States, which seeks to emulate the chivalric
and charity traditions of the original Templars; its members
apply themselves energetically and selflessly to Christian
We are a modern Christian Order of Knighthood
- Seeking God in our lives and promoting love and respect
for our community.
- Increasing understanding between religions, helping
pilgrims visit holy places, and maintaining a Christian
presence in the Holy Land.
- Supporting the poor, sick, and unjustly accused; standing
against oppression, and protecting freedom of speech.
- Encouraging the noble ideas of Chivalry; maintaining
the monuments, archives, and history of the Knights Templar.
In short, we are the Modern Knights Templar, an Ecumenical Christian and Chivalric charitable Order. We do not claim a direct linage to the original Knights of the Temple, but we do seek to emulate their positive attributes in our daily lives today. We have adopted two of the original Templar missions of Protecting Christians at Risk particularly in the Holy Land and the Middle East and in Keeping the Road to Jerusalem open to all people as our own.
Our guiding lights are the virtues of Faith, Hope and Charity,
through which members aspire to serve faithfully as Knights
of God's Temple. The motto of the Order, "Non nobis,
Domine, non nobis, sed Nomini Tuo da gloriam" is
the Latin version of Psalm 115, verse 1 -- "Not
unto us, Oh Lord, not unto us, but to Thy Name be given
The Order, in an age of democratic materialism and secular
humanism, seeks, by reconstituting an ancient chivalric
order, to adopt an organization of proven effectiveness
in capturing the allegiance and spirit of dedicated leaders,
and to show that spiritual idealism is most certainly relevant
and not inconsistent with a sensibility for tradition, nor
inconsistent with patriotism nor civic duty -- thus the
Order's purposes include assisting and facilitating the
growth of the virtues of Christian gentlemen and ladies,
by endeavor with God's Grace. The members of this Order
believe they have an obligation to participate in the coalescing
and preservation of a constructive force similar to that
which created knighthood and chivalry during the Middle
The Order has both a Chaplain's Corps for ordained ministers
and a Chirurgeon's Corps for medical professionals. It also
has an associated honorary Order of Merit that recognizes
accomplished individuals of all faiths for their extraordinary
work for God and humanity.
- To become a Knight Templar, one must be a Christian
- The Order is ecumenical; it does not restrict membership
to a single Christian Church
- The Order recognizes the Constitution and statutes of
the United States and of its several States as sovereign
and temporally supreme public law.
- The Order does not allow its members to act contrary
to their obligations to their country.
- The Order is not a political organization and does
not engage in politics.
- The Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem,
Inc. (also referred to as SMOTJ) is not associated in
any way with Freemasonry.
There is clearly a growing desire among caring men and
women to spread goodness in the world. The Sovereign Military
Order of the Temple of Jerusalem is increasingly viewed
as a means of doing so; its volunteer base is growing rapidly
in terms of both numbers and talent. In order for a growing
volunteer organization like SMOTJ to be effective on a large
scale, it utilizes the varied talents of all and magnifies
the results of their efforts through effective organization-all
the while keeping a singular crusading focus.
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