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The Book of Mormon teaches us that the restoration of the gospel in the latter days would be given to the Gentiles. As we read, after many generations, ‘then shall the fulness of the gospel of the Messiah come unto the Gentiles and from the gentiles unto the remnant of our seed.’ (1 Nephi 15:13)

Shortly after the arrival of Christ among the Nephites following his resurrection, He reinforced the idea that the restoration would occur through us Gentiles. Speaking of those who will write the book, He said:

“…that these sayings which ye shall write shall be kept and shall be manifested unto the Gentiles, that through the fulness of the Gentiles, the remnant of their seed, who shall be scattered forth upon the face of the earth because of their unbelief, may be brought in, or may be brought to a knowledge of me, their Redeemer.” (3 Nephi 16:4)

Let me suggest here that being a ‘believing Gentile’ isn’t so bad, at least to start. Continuing on in this same chapter 16 we read in verse 6:

And blessed are the Gentiles, because of their belief in me, in and of the Holy Ghost, which witnesses unto them of me and of the Father.

Here we read that we, Gentiles, at the time of the restoration, would be blessed because of our faith in Christ. This testimony would be given by the witness of the Holy Ghost. Who else but the membership of the restored church could this apply to?

Following in verse 7 we read:

Behold, because of their belief in me, saith the Father, and because of the unbelief of you, O house of Israel, in the latter day shall the truth come unto the Gentiles, that the fulness of these things shall be made known unto them.

We, in the latter days, as Gentiles, will be given the fulness of the gospel. The truth will be given to us. This again reinforces the idea that the restoration occurred among the Gentiles and that those who joined the early restored church were Gentiles.

Of course, if you have ‘believing Gentiles.’ There would logically be ‘unbelieving Gentiles’ and we find them described in verse 8:

But wo, saith the Father, unto the unbelieving of the Gentiles—for notwithstanding they have come forth upon the face of this land, and have scattered my people who are of the house of Israel; and my people who are of the house of Israel have been cast out from among them, and have been trodden under feet by them;

Those who played a large role in the scattering of the house of Israel here in what was to become the United States were also Gentiles. The inference here is that at least a portion of the native American tribes were the house of Israel and that the influx of Gentiles into this land caused severe distress on the natives.

So, in these several verses in chapter 16 of 3 Nephi, we have both believing Gentiles and unbelieving Gentiles. But after talking of these two groups within the Gentiles, the Lord, in the next verses, talks of the Gentiles which includes both the believing and unbelieving of the Gentiles.

10 And thus commandeth the Father that I should say unto you: At that day when the Gentiles shall sin against my gospel, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, and shall be lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations, and above all the people of the whole earth, and shall be filled with all manner of lyings, and of deceits, and of mischiefs, and all manner of hypocrisy, and murders, and priestcrafts, and whoredoms, and of secret abominations; and if they shall do all those things, and shall reject the fulness of my gospel, behold, saith the Father, I will bring the fulness of my gospel from among them.

11 And then will I remember my covenant which I have made unto my people, O house of Israel, and I will bring my gospel unto them.

We find here the prophecy that the Gentiles, collectively, will sin against the gospel of Jesus Christ and will reject the fulness of the gospel. I believe that this again applies to the collective Gentiles, both believing and unbelieving. The Lord states here that, not if, but when we reject the gospel. It is not a conditional prophecy – it is a clear warning that the restoration of the gospel in these latter day to the Gentiles will not simply carry forward to the establishment of Zion. We, Gentiles, will reject the fulness of the gospel.

What does it mean to reject the fulness of the gospel? I have, in past posts, attempted to convey my belief that a key part of the restored gospel is the clear understanding of the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost. I believe that the church collectively today has, indeed, rejected the necessity of this second baptism. We hear from General Authorities that this event is an imperceptible change over a long period of living a Christ-like life. The redefinition of this critical ordinance of the gospel is the same as the rejection of the same.

Continuing in these verses, we find that the Gentiles, both believing and unbelieving, will also exhibit the following traits:

  • Lifted up in the pride of their hearts above all nations
  • Filled with all manner of lyings, deceits, hypocrisy, murder, priestcrafts, whoredoms, secret abominations

These acts are attributed to all Gentiles. Do we, in the church and in the nation, have a problem with pride? I think the answer is an emphatic ‘yes.’ Are we, in the church and in the nation, party to the other evils listed here such as deceit and hypocrisy, murder and whoredoms? I fear that this is true also.

Because of the rejection of the gospel and the evils that have invaded our society, we will have the fulness of the gospel taken from us. I believe that this could be recognized as the loss of the fruits that go with the fulness of the gospel. We no longer have the miracles found among us that once graced the members. Does this possibly mean that the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost will not be available to us as individuals? If my earlier premise regarding the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost is correct, removing the fulness of the gospel could indeed result in this blessing no longer being available to us as a Gentile participant of the restoration.

All is not lost, however, as the Lord has provided a way to reclaim this sacred opportunity. As we note earlier in verse 11, the Lord will bring the gospel to His people of the house of Israel. In verse 13, He then offers us Gentiles an opportunity:

But if the Gentiles will repent and return unto me, saith the Father, behold they shall be numbered among my people, O house of Israel.

For us to once again have blessings of the fulness of the gospel, we must repent and return to Him. I believe this applies to us, as Gentiles, who once rejected the gospel. How can one ‘repent and return’ to somewhere he/she has never been? No, we must return to our former condition before we rejected the fulness. If we do so, we can be numbered among those of the house of Israel who will have the fulness of the gospel.

The Lord continues in this chapter with this warning:

15 But if they will not turn unto me, and hearken unto my voice, I will suffer them, yea, I will suffer my people, O house of Israel, that they shall go through among them, and shall tread them down, and they shall be as salt that hath lost its savor, which is thenceforth good for nothing but to be cast out, and to be trodden under foot of my people, O house of Israel.

As I read this, one question that can be asked is: Who does the Lord characterize as the salt and savor? We read this in D&C 101:

39 When men are called unto mine everlasting gospel, and covenant with an everlasting covenant, they are accounted as the salt of the earth and the savor of men;

40 They are called to be the savor of men; therefore, if that salt of the earth lose its savor, behold, it is thenceforth good for nothing only to be cast out and trodden under the feet of men.

I read this to mean that the salt and savor, according to the Lord, are those who are part of the everlasting covenant – another clear indication that the Lord is speaking of those who are members of His restored church. If we do not repent and return, we will be as the salt that has lost its savor and will be trodden down. Once that fulness of the gospel is taken from us and given to the house of Israel, our only course of action will be to repent and return whereby we can be numbered with the house of Israel.

This idea is reinforced in chapter 21 of 3 Nephi:

6 For thus it behooveth the Father that it should come forth from the Gentiles, that he may show forth his power unto the Gentiles, for this cause that the Gentiles, if they will not harden their hearts, that they may repent and come unto me and be baptized in my name and know of the true points of my doctrine, that they may be numbered among my people, O house of Israel;

It is imperative that each of us weigh these words of scripture in our hearts and in our minds. What is it that the Lord would have me do with these words? Should I ignore them and blindly claim our right as a child of Ephraim? Or should I humbly seek the wisdom and knowledge needed to understand how these verses of scripture apply to me and what I must do to be acceptable of the Lord?

What think ye?

9 Responses to “A Warning to the Gentile Church”

  • spiderdust:

    I think you’re absolutely correct. This was well written and a pleasure to read.

    Have you read J. J. Dewey’s treatise “Infallible Authority”? If not, you should. It’s a bit dated and could stand to be revised, but it does an excellent job of expanding on what you’re talking about here.

    Thanks for your clear analysis. Pretty tough to refute, although several will try, no doubt.

  • Spiderdust,
    Thanks for your positive comments. I will have to look up J.J. Dewey’s document. While I have read some of Dewey’s work, I don’t recall if I have seen that particular document.

    Discussion traffic on this blog has been very light while the site hits have been reasonably high. Don’t know for sure what that means but I will interpret that to mean people are reading the site and can’t find anything with which to disagree ;-].

    As an afterthought, there is also the verse in the D&C 45:28-29:

    “And when the times of the Gentiles come in, a light shall bread forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel. But they receive it not, for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.”

    One cannot live according to the precepts of men and abide by the gospel at the same time. How hard is that to see?.

    Spek

  • Jack:

    You’ve missed a significant detail. Was it the Latter-day Saint-gentiles who destroyed the Native Americans? Or was it a larger group of “gentiles”? If it is the latter then you must redefine what the Lord means when he is talking about the rejection of his gospel.

    As to your question about many hits and few comments: I can only say that IMHO your attempt to undercut current inspired authority is amazingly transparent and therefore quite distasteful to most readers who would roam these parts.

    Sorry to be so blunt, but them’s my thoughts.

  • Jack,
    Perhaps you could help a weak mind with the significant detail. As I read the scripture in 3 Nephi 16, it was the unbelieving of the Gentiles to which the scattering of the Gentiles can be attributed.

    It was the rejection of the fulness of the gospel that the collective Gentiles, both believing and unbelieving, are saddled with because of their actions. How must I redefine the meaning of the Lord’s words in that case?

    Yes, I may be transparent in my blog treatment of the ‘current inspired authority’ but I am in good company in my opinion. Does not the Lord express the idea that the whole church is under condemnation (D&C 84:55-57)? President Benson repeatedly warned us that we were still under this condemnation. Has any prophet since lifted that condemnation?

    Who do you think the Lord is talking about in D&C 112:26 when he promises vengeance will begin on His house? And against those who profess to know His name and have not known Him and have blasphemed against Him in His House?

    Who is it that preaches from the general conference pulpit that the church is in great condition? Sound like the call that ‘all is well in Zion.’ Is this the best your inspired authorities have to give members who are mired in materialism?

    Where is the call to prepare for sanctification? When was the last time you heard the call from the pulpit for preparation to return to Zion? Or the desire to implement the law of consecration rather than lip service?

    Finally, I don’t expect to get many comments because these are hard words for a people who more closely resemble the church members described in Alma 31 than those of the first verses of fourth Nephi.

    Jack, I also must be blunt. This church is either getting closer to a Zion community or it is getting further away. We must individually decide which direction is most correct and act accordingly.

  • Mrs Watcher:

    Spek,
    Very appropriate response. I think your assumption that many of us don’t respond because we agree is correct.

    An additional point I would add to what you wrote about section 45 is…
    You said:

    As an afterthought, there is also the verse in the D&C 45:28-29:

    “And when the times of the Gentiles come in, a light shall bread forth among them that sit in darkness, and it shall be the fulness of my gospel. But they receive it not, for they perceive not the light, and they turn their hearts from me because of the precepts of men.”

    I would add to that what is contained in the verses following:

    30 And in that generation shall the times of the Gentiles be fulfilled.
    31 And there shall be men standing in that generation, that shall not pass until they shall see an overflowing scourge; for a desolating sickness shall cover the land.
    32 But my disciples shall stand in holy places, and shall not be moved; but among the wicked, men shall lift up their voices and curse God and die.

    If the times of the Gentiles “that comes in” started in the Restoration or Foundation movement in 1830 the overflowing scourge and desolating sickness should have covered the land by now and those people that were standing in that generation should still be alive….

    unless it was referring to a future time that the “times of the gentiles comes in again.”

    It seems to me, based on those passages that a future dispensing of the gospel still needs to take place again.

    I think our realization that we need to repent as a people is the first step to having “a broken heart and a contrite spirit” which is essential. God will have a humble people. We, as a group, are “the drunkards of Ephraim, the crown of pride” I wonder if any other people claim to be Ephraim than the Latter-day Saints?

    Great blog article,Spek, thank you.

  • Mrs. Watcher,
    Good to hear from you again. Thanks for your comments.

    As to the scripture in D&C 45 regarding the overflowing scourge and sickness covering the land after the times of the Gentiles come in. I have long pondered the meaning those words.

    You have pointed out one option – that it is still in the future.

    The comment of ‘in that generation’ in verse 30 seems, in my opinion, to reference back to the time when the light breaks forth. A simple interpretation is that during the generation following the restoration of the gospel, the times of the Gentiles will be fulfilled. There will be men at this time who will live long enough to witness the scourge.

    Considering that, another option that I would suggest is that the scourge and sickness the covered the land was the Civil War. I would consider it scourge of have more people killed than in all the other wars since that time. It is estimated that 620,000 were killed in that internal conflict. Those words were written about 30 years before that great conflict tore this nation apart.

    The final consideration are the pandemics of 1889 which killed 1 million people followed by the pandemic of 1918 which killed an estimated 50 million people worldwide. The pandemic of 1889 was considered the first of the world illnesses to be tracked globally.

    Are the pandemics close enough to be considered in that generation?

    I have also often pondered the promise made to Joseph Smith that he would see the face of the Lord if he lived to be eighty-five. That pegs the year of 1890. I would suggest that this could be the end of the generation spoken of in D&C 45. If so, there were men alive at that time who would witness the great scourge of both these viral mass killers.

    I realize that doesn’t fit with the third watch. I am still not there yet.

  • Peter:

    I like the tenor of your post and I’ve wondered as much. The Lord truly does grieve because of our wickedness. I have often pondered why we don’t hear the Alma stories of a “baptism of fire” as we see in the Book of Mormon where these changes were immediate and instantaneous. Why are we different? I’ve been intrigued by this over the last fifteen years. Alas, if this is true, I haven’t received my change of heart necessary for my baptism of fire. I wonder what it really does take? My mother in law claims the second baptism but she’s pretty psycho and new age-y and does out of the temple prayer circles. My mission president claimed it but was very hush hush about it.

  • Peter,
    I wish I could provide the recipe for this second baptism. All I can do is say that there are examples in the scriptures we should follow. Enos prayed for a long time before he received a remission of his sins. After many years I was prompted to share my personal experience. It is found here.

    I truly believe that the baptism of fire and the Holy Ghost is the core of the restored gospel and without it properly defined and sought, we cannot be on the strait and narrow path that leads to eternal life.

    The scriptures I have quoted in this blog entry state that the Lord will take the gospel from the Gentiles and give it to the house of Israel. On this note, I have a fear and a hope. I fear that when the Lord takes the gospel from the Gentile church, He may remove our ability to receive the second baptism. At the same time, I have hope that He loves us enough to grant us this blessing based on our personal effort and sacrifice of a broken hear and a contrite spirit.

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