Whereunto I am appointed a preacher and an apostle, (I say the truth, I lie not,) a doctor of the Gentiles in faith and truth… Let the woman learn in silence, with all subjection. But I suffer not a woman to teach, nor to use authority over the man: but to be in silence. For Adam was first formed; then Eve. And Adam was not seduced; but the woman being seduced, was in the transgression.”—1 Timothy 2:7,11-14
One of the things that was ultimately overlooked with Unite the Right in Charlottesville, VA, was the line of supposed “clergy” who had responded to the call by “Congregate Charlottesville” for 1,000 faith leaders, “white clergy, especially.” Now, I say “supposed” because the above picture shows mostly women (and one rabbi) standing with their arms linked. Some of them are wearing clerical collars, most of them are wearing stoles, and all of them are blasphemous heretics. As we can see above with 1 Timothy 2, women are strictly and explicitly forbidden from teaching or usurping authority over men, and it has been that way since St. Paul wrote those words nearly two millennia ago. It is hardly surprising then that people who so easily dismiss such explicit teaching and tradition also ignore that what they wish to see created is a new Tower of Babel, uniting what God divided because they think they know better. But, for now, let us look beyond obvious heresies to understand precisely what they were trying to achieve in Charlottesville.
First, we can directly attribute “Congregate Charlottesville” to the fact that Tracy Howe Wispelwey, “minister” of congregational and community engagement for the United Church of Christ, lives in the town and is the founder of “Restoration Village Arts,” an “action community for artists and ministers who are creating resources within today’s movements of liberation.” In other words, it is a hippy commune that promotes leftist ideology with a spiritualist veneer. Unsurprisingly, her husband, Seth, is one of only two men officially involved with RVA as the program manager, 4 out of 5 board members, and both “advising theologians” are women. On their site, you will find leftist calls to action, references to “liberation,” poetry as a political weapon, and other such nonsense. Do you know what you will not find? References to God, Jesus, the Holy Spirit, or the Bible. In fact, the only cross to be found is in a picture attached to a blog post reciting a poem that has nothing to do with religion, so it is purely incidental.
This is important to note because it tells us that the people behind “Congregate Charlottesville” are just wearing a costume at best. Yes, they commit heresy by claiming ordination as women, but they cannot even claim to be faithful heretics. Instead, they denigrate the actual priesthood by donning the signs of office even as they show they care nothing for the Lord or the faith. If you walked into an unfamiliar church and found a woman standing in a clerical collar yet could not find a cross, Bible, or any religious symbols, what would you think? That is the “faith” these supposed clerics are offering to people, and it is because they know deep down that they do not believe… they cannot believe… because they fundamentally disagree with and reject the Word of God, but they see value in weaponizing faith against the truly faithful, which brings us to the next point.
Second, why did they specifically stipulate that they wanted “white clergy”? Simply put, they wanted the optics of “white Christians” standing against “white nationalists” as a photo op. They wanted the media to take pictures and video that would make it seem as though the leftists had God and faith on their side while the rightists were just “godless racists.” If they had fielded a line of black preachers, the viewing audience may well have dismissed it as just more “Black Lives Matter” rabble-rousing or some such as the images scrolled by on the screen. No, Mrs. Wispelwey wanted to ensure that the possible photo op exerted social pressure on the masses of white Christians in America. She wanted to force them to identify with godless leftists that they would typically dismiss out of hand, and, by doing so, she wanted to force them to take an “us vs. them” position towards the Alt-Right. What else could have been the reason?
Consider: if they wanted the largest group of clergy possible, why stipulate “white clergy, especially” when that could send the message that others need not apply? Indeed, RVA has been soliciting donations on their website to pay for “many moving parts and required resources” of “Congregate Charlottesville.” If you are not “white clergy, especially” and see that they are attempting to raise money for a project specifically calling for 1,000 clergy, would you not assume that you are less welcome? That seems to run counter to their stated goals, and they surely had to have known that. They also could not have been motivated by any anticipated effect on the Alt-Right since they would dismiss heretical leftists regardless of skin color. No, the only reasonable explanation is that Mrs. Wispelwey and her godless compatriots sought to manipulate the masses into seeing things as Christians vs. Alt-Right.
Finally, since their intended narrative was overshadowed, we can look at how they have chosen to capitalize on what happened at Unite the Right. Firstly, they proudly claim to have helped block one of the entrances to the event, which helped to funnel peaceful rally goers into violent Antifa types. Then, Seth Wispelwey went on MSNBC to attack Thomas Jefferson and gave interviews calling “white supremacy … a system of evil and a system of sin.” One of their compatriots in “Congregate Charlottesville” gave an interview to Buzzfeed. In other words, they simply found a way to shoehorn themselves into events to force the narrative they wanted even without securing the dramatic scenes for which they had hoped, and their narrative of “Christians vs. Alt-Right” was taken up by other liberal heretics.
For example, Andrew Holley, pastor of Citizens Church in Decatur, GA—another mealymouthed den of heresy—took to Facebook to say that the Alt-Right is “postmodern, Nazi ideology in a sports coat” with a belief that “America is, and should remain, a nation of whites, for whites, dominated by whites,” which he says is at odds with Jesus’s “faith movement that has at its core the intentional de-nationalizing of God’s covenant love” and with “God’s vision for His transnational, transethnic, culturally manifold Kingdom.” In other words, God may have divided mankind (Deuteronomy 32:8), separating them from having been one people who arrogantly challenged His authority (Genesis 11:1-9), and creating nations (Acts 17:26), but Holly, the Wispelways, and the rest of their ilk know that God did not really mean to do it. They know deep in their hearts that God is instead an anti-racist globalist who thinks we should all be one race, one nation, speak one language, which is the inevitable outcome of their liberal ideology, as well as embracing LGBT, Muslims, and so on. In short, they know better than God, His Word, and 2,000 years of tradition.
The true lesson that should be taken away from this is that “Congregate Charlottesville” was not a secret. It was openly advertised on social media and the like. Their chosen narrative could have been challenged by having at least some rally goers adopting Christian iconography for shields, banners, and flags. Chants could have been adapted as well. A row of heretical hippy women sans their feline companions squaring off with clean-cut, white Christian men would not have been the photo op they wanted.