Knights of Christ – Godliness

1 In the beginning God created the heaven and the earth. Genesis 1:1 (KJV)

Knights of Christ Book has a Website

Daniel Biddle, the author of Knights of Christ: Living With the Virtues of Ancient Knighthood, has a website. Not only that, Mr. Biddle has essentially placed all of the material inside the book online. If you didn’t want to pay for the book, you could read all the material for free.

Pay for the book.

Virtue 1 Godliness

1 Be ye therefore followers of God, as dear children;
2 And walk in love, as Christ also hath loved us, and hath given himself for us an offering and a sacrifice to God for a sweetsmelling savour.
Ephesians 5:1-2 (KJV)

Mr. Biddle opens this chapter with, “Being godly means imitating God in your daily life.” What does that mean? He very quickly quotes I Timothy.

11 But thou, O man of God, flee these things; and follow after righteousness, godliness, faith, love, patience, meekness.
1 Timothy 6:11 (KJV)

The questions he asks at the end of the chapter are poignant to building a life that is “godly,” but especially number five.

“What does a godly life look like?”

Well, what does it look like? The point of that question isn’t to go looking for other people who are living a godly life. The point of that question is to look in the mirror and decide if that life looks like a godly life. If it doesn’t, what needs to change to make it look closer to a life that someone else would look at and consider godly?

Someone who ascribes to be elevated to the title “Knight” shouldn’t be trying to figure out how to massage scripture so that what is being done now is “approved.” The lives we modern humans live are many things, but “approved of by God” is not one of them. That is a harsh statement, but it is true.

23 For all have sinned, and come short of the glory of God;
24 Being justified freely by his grace through the redemption that is in Christ Jesus:
25 Whom God hath set forth to be a propitiation through faith in his blood, to declare his righteousness for the remission of sins that are past, through the forbearance of God;
26 To declare, I say, at this time his righteousness: that he might be just, and the justifier of him which believeth in Jesus.
Romans 3:23-26 (KJV)

“All have sinned and come short of the glory of God.” All. Not some, not a few, not most. All. So, what does that mean for someone who wishes to carry the title Knight? It means hard, convicting introspection to identify and scour away those things that keep us “…short of the glory of God.” How do we do that? Study. Relentless, persistent, focused study on the Bible and where we find differences between our lives reflected in the mirror and what is written on the page, effort to change. It won’t be easy. It won’t be quick. It will be worth it.

23 His lord said unto him, Well done, good and faithful servant; thou hast been faithful over a few things, I will make thee ruler over many things: enter thou into the joy of thy lord.
Matthew 25:23 (KJV)

Please Welcome Stan StClair

Stan StClair Writing for Templar Banner News

Please welcome Stan StClair to the Templar Banner News. Stan has a long career in print publication with both news and traditional. What follows is Stan’s introduction. Mark Malcolm


I have been a Templar Knight since 2003 with SMOTJ, but much of the time I was inactive. I am humbled and grateful to have had my knighthood transferred to OSMTJ-KTOA, Priory of the Risen King, Commandery of St. Francis. I elected to take courses with the Templar Academy to familiarize myself with the practices of this most holy Order. I am the author of a series books about proverb and phrase origins, and have been asked by Grand Prior Jones to write for the Templar Banner. This also is a great privilege. Our Grand Prior has granted me the honor of using my ten years of research to publish some of my findings here which have spiritual applications.

The thought of “The left hand doesn’t know what the right hand is doing”  originates in the Bible, in Matthew 6:3; in Jesus’ much vaunted Sermon on the Mount:

“But when thou doest alms, let not thy left hand know what thy right hand doeth.” (KJV)

Here, the purpose was the idea that gifts of charity should not be done so that others would see and give glory to the giver.

That view of selfless giving was reiterated by Henry David Thoreau in Walden; or life in the woods, published in 1854:

“If you should ever be betrayed into any of these philanthropies, do not let your left hand know what your right hand does, for it is not worth knowing.”

Through the passage of time, the current cliché was developed, meaning that one member of an organization or a family wasn’t aware of the actions of another.


Creamy Poppy Seed Dressing Recipe


2 Tbsp apple cider vinegar2 Tbsp olive oil (or oil of
choice)½ cup non-fat greek yogurt1 tsp onion powder (or onion salt.
Omit extra salt if you use onion salt)½ tsp salt¼ tsp pepper4 packets stevia (or 1-2 Tbsp
honey or agave. Nutrition will change)2 tsp poppy seeds


Mix together all the ingredients
(except poppy seeds) in a blender (I used my Blendtec).Once combined, stir in poppy
seeds.Can be served immediately, or
chill for best result.  Store in an airtight container. Not sure of
the shelf life, but I would assume you’d want to consume it within approx
5 days. Nutrition

size: 2 Tbsp Calories: 39 Fat: 2.7 g Carbs: 2.1 g
Sugar: 0.8 g Sodium: 242 mg Fiber: 0 g Protein: 2.4 g