Rev. George R. Dillahunty
African Methodist Episcopal Zion Church
341 Lovick Lee Road
Oriental, North Carolina 28571-9407

April 5, 2006

Text: Ezekiel 37:1-6 (King James Version)

"The Hand of the Lord was upon me, and carried me out in the Spirit of the Lord, and set me down in the midst of the valley which was full of bones. (vs. 2) And caused me to pass by them round about: and, behold, there were very many in the open valley; and, lo, they were very dry. (vs. 3) And He said unto me, ’Son of man, can these bones live?’ And I answered, ’O Lord God, thou knowest.’ (vs. 4) Again He said unto me, ’Prophesy upon these bones, and say unto them, ’O ye dry bones, hear the Word of the Lord.’ (vs. 5) Thus saith the Lord God unto these bones; ’Behold, I will cause breath to enter into you, and ye shall live: (vs. 6) And I will lay sinews upon you, and cover you with skin, and put breath in you, and ye shall live, and ye shall know that I am the Lord."

Topic: Can These Bones Live?

In today’s modern-day global society, there is a serious problem - in point of fact, the problem is so serious that literally thousands of people are passing from this life unto a life of eternal damnation - a life separated from their Creator - Almighty God - for all of eternity! Putting "political correctness" aside, they are simply going to a literal burning Hell! Why is that? I believe that it is happening because the church - the "Body of Christ" has become a "valley of old, dry bones." To whom much is given, much is required; and, the blood of these "Hell-bound" individuals is going to be on the hands of those Christians who have failed to convincingly carry out the "Great Commission!" - a failure, my brothers and sisters, that is a result of some modern-day churches being polluted with sin - polluted and tainted so badly that pride and false doctrine have separated the people from the pathway of righteousness!

The prophet Isaiah, in Isaiah 35:8 (KJV), tells us: "And an highway shall be there, and a way, and it shall be called The way of holiness; the unclean shall not pass over it; but it shall be for those: the wayfaring men, though fools, shall not err there." The problem has become this: Many "church folks" have abandoned the "Way of Holiness" for what is described by King Solomon, the wisest man ever to live on the face of this earth, with the exception of Jesus, the Christ, in Proverbs 16:25 (KJV), as: "a way that seemeth right unto a man, but the end thereof are the ways of death." The words "men" and "man" in these passages of Holy Writ are not gender specific; but, include both men and women!

So tell me, "How did a church that professes to love the Lord God Almighty, go from an action that is Biblically called an ’abomination in the sight of the Lord’ to the installation of an ’openly-gay, alternative lifestyle’ Bishop? And tell me, "How did the Commonwealth of Massachusetts, the landing site of the Pilgrims - an early settlement of God-fearing,