International Master of the OSMTJ Knights Templars
General Ronald S. Mangum
Our Order traces its roots back to the ancient Knights Templar founded by Hugues de Payens in 1118.  Our Grand Masters are elected and serve for life, just as it has been done since the beginning of the Order.  The position of Grand Master can not be passed on through anyone’s will or by being the son of a Grand Master. Any, so called, “Templar” Order that uses those claims to support Grand Master succession is not legitimate.  The current and only legitimate Master of our Order is General Ronald S Mangum.
Our Order was restored by His Imperial Majesty, Napoleon Bonaparte, by imperial decree in 1807.  In 1853, it was given recognition by Emperor Napoleon III.  In 1918, the Order was re-registered in France in accordance with French law.  On January 19th, 1932, it was registered in Brussels, Belgium: 1957 Namur / Belgium BE-410 20708.  This recording was done by three Belgian Templars in Brussels, Joseph Cleeremans, Gustave Jonckbloedt and Théodore Covias.  The record of the registration of the “Sovereign Military Order of the Temple of Jerusalem”  appears in the Belgian Monitor on January 20, 1933.  Lastly our Order was re-registered in Namur, Belgium on November 15th, 1975.  These registrations can be viewed by clicking on our  Documents Page .
Waging war has been continual throughout the history of God’s Church. Paul could clearly see that from his day forward, all Christians would engage in struggles, conflicts and real battles against evil forces.

Like Timothy, upon our conversion and baptism, we were put into the Church—inducted as soldiers into the army of God. We did not volunteer; we were drafted (John 13:18; 15:16). Yet, we are not a      physical army fighting with physical weapons of war. Nor do we fight against a physical foe. As the Church of the living God, we are a spiritual army. And we are at war—engaged in spiritual warfare!

Paul admonished the Corinthians of this very fact, telling them, “
For though we walk in the flesh, we do not war after the flesh: (The weapons we fight with are not the weapons of the world. On the contrary, they have divine power to demolish strongholds.)”

Every good soldier will study his enemy to determine his strengths and weaknesses. And to be able to defeat the enemy, he must know how to deftly use, with overwhelming force, the weapons at his disposal
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