High-Flying Babylonian Circus

by Tom Graffagnino

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"I am astonished that you are so quickly deserting the one who called you by the grace of Christ and are turning to a different gospel---which is no gospel at all. Evidently some people are throwing you into confusion and are trying to pervert the gospel of Christ." --(Galatians 1:6,7)

High-Flying Babylonian Circus

God's cover's been blown,
    Revelation's been shown,
    To be mostly rhetorical bunk.
Modern teachers and scholars,
   Using grants and top dollars,
   Tell us now that The Word's largely junk. 

In iv'ry tow'rs East and West,
   God's Word's put to the test,
   By skeptics who all have concurred.
High-brow thinkers in tweed,
   Have now all agreed,
   That the Bible's less true...more absurd.

Now the coup is complete...
   The academic elite,
   Have lifted themselves ever higher.
This new babble, I'm told,
   Like the Babel of old,
   Smells of death like a funeral pyre.

This philosophical team,
   Is fulfilling their dream,
   Building cognitive mansions so grand...
Now it's nearly complete,
   Built with bricks of deceit,
   Piled up high on foundations of sand.

Their position's unstable,
   And they're blind and unable,
   To detect their own perilous height.
They bought Satan's soft-sell,
   Conjured up down in Hell...
   And like Eve, they all took the bite.

Looking down from their steeple,
   Quite removed from the people,
   From their intellects lofty and tall...
Soaring high like a bird,
   Re-inventing The Word,
   While denying such things as The Fall.

From their high-flying perch,
   They've re-imagined the Church,
   The nature of God ...and "The Liar".
And from this point of view,
   Man's destiny flew,
   From the frying pan into the fire.

It's the "Icarus-thing".....
   Man's Pride on the wing.
   Original Sin on display.
See the arrogant fliers,
   Climbing higher and higher,
   Toward the heat of God's Son on that Day.

The prognosis?....Not cheery.
   'Cause this trickle-down theory,
   "Kicks in" when the wind's all we sow.
It's a shame in the making,
   Tho' the view is breathtaking,
   They will plunge to the rocks far below.

This "new" gospel story,
   Has so perverted God's Glory,
   With additions from Thomas and "Q",
That now Judgement's passe....
   On this "high" Way they play,
   With a fire that could burn me and you.

What goes up must come down,
   And Academia's Clowns,
   Are up high on this flying "trap-ease".
They swing to and fro',
   As they go with the flow...
   Some day soon (?) ,
   They'll be brought to their knees.

This "Babylonian Circus",
   That is striving to jerk us,
   From the Truth of God's double-edged Sword,
Will fall on its face,
   As it tries to erase,
   God's Word,... "Thus saith the Lord."

"Avoid godless chatter, because those who indulge in it will become more and more ungodly. Their teaching will spread like gangrene." --(2Timothy 2:16,17a)

"Anyone who wants to give meaning to scripture that is not in scripture is the enemy of scripture." --Blaise Pascal

Tom Graffagnino is a layman working for renewal in the United Methodist Church.

First printed in The American Night Watch Newsletter, Volume VII, Part 8, August 1999.

Copyright 1999 Tom Graffagnino. All Rights Reserved.

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