In his 8/11/14 television sermon , " On The Fringe : The Loser ", James Merritt wields the Knights Templar sword he keeps in his office . He says that many of his staff know of its meaning . He says that Knights Templars guarded Christian visitors on their way to Jerusalem . Though Mr. Merritt seemed to somewhat downplay the sword's significance , it is curious that he mentioned the Knights Templar in his sermon . He has brandished countless displays of signals that have stemmed from traditions of the Knights Templar .