Reader friend's, yesterday a friend of mine sent to me a copy of a letter he had written to someone else. I asked him if I could put it on my website, so here it is. 11/18/2010  

Why God Will Burn the Heathen
by Garrett Fredlund  
After such an introduction, it becomes necessary to define just what or who a 'Heathen' is.  Strong's Enhanced Dictionaries contains the definitions taken directly from the numbers of Strong’s concordance, which is widely accepted among scholars of the bible as an authority on the translation of the Greek and Hebrew words. The word Heathen is defined by multiple root words as follows:  

  • From Hebrew word shoveiv #7725 – Apostate, i.e. idolatrous. Backsliding, frowardly, turn away.

  • From the Hebrew word mamzeir #4464 From an unused root meaning to alienate.  A mongrel, i.e. born of a Jewish father and a heathen mother.  Bastard. [This one is particularly interesting, since it also implies by the word alienate, which means to turn away or make indifferent or hostile, the action of one who has become apostate or alienated from God or His laws.]

  • From the Greek word adikos #1349 – Unjust; by extension wicked; implication treacherous; specifically heathen.  Unjust, unrighteous.

  • From the Greek word apistos #4103 – (Active) disbelieving, i.e. without Christian faith (specifically a heathen; (passive) untrustworthy (person), or incredible (thing).  That believeth not, faithless, incredible thing, infidel, unbeliever, unbelieving.

The above definitions leave little doubt that a heathen is not honorable to the laws or ways of God, and specifically one who is without faith, or even a Christian.  That being said, there are many today who would class themselves as Christians, professing great reverence for the gospel of Jesus Christ, but who are, in fact, Heathens in every sense of the word.  The fact that many of these people are unaware of their heathen status is indicative of their lack of knowledge of the scriptures, which brings us to the next point.


What does God say about the Heathen in the Scriptures?



Perhaps you have not imagined to yourself the reality of the True God in whom you claim to worship, nor the characteristics of Him which you are about to read.  If you have children, do you discipline them, correct them, and chastise them?  Do you think that God would not do the same of His own children?  He has spoken through his prophets of such a chastisement on the Heathen and the wicked who regard him not. 


“5 Therefore thus saith the Lord GOD; Surely in the fire of my jealousy have I spoken against the residue of the heathen, and against all Idumea, which have appointed my land into their possession with the joy of all their heart, with despiteful minds, to cast it out for a prey.” (Ezekiel 36:5.) [Idumea is the whole world.]


“15 And I will execute vengeance in anger and fury upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” (Micah 5:15.)



“21 And I will execute vengeance and fury upon them, even as upon the heathen, such as they have not heard.” (3 Nephi 21:21.)

[This is the Lord speaking here in the Book of Mormon! Isn’t He is the same yesterday, Today and Forever? See Malachi 3:6;  Hebrews 13:8;  Mormon 9:9;   Alma 7:20;   Moroni 8:18;  Moroni 10:7,19; 2 Nephi 27:23; 2 Nephi 29:9;  Alma 41:8; Moroni 10:24-26;  Mormon 8:28-29;  Mormon 8:38. Study all of Mormon 8.]


“6 The heathen raged, the kingdoms were moved: he uttered his voice, the earth melted.” (Psalms 46:6.)

[How would the earth melt? Psalms 97:5 – “The hills melted like wax at the presence of the LORD, at the presence of the Lord of the whole earth.”]



6 Pour out thy wrath upon the heathen that have not known thee, and upon the kingdoms that have not called upon thy name.” (Psalms 79:6.)

[This has a very similar wording as D&C 112:25-26 – “And upon my house shall it begin. . . . First among those among you, saith the Lord, who have professed to know my name and have not known me, and have blasphemed against me in the midst of my house, saith the Lord.”]



6 He shall judge among the heathen, he shall fill the places with the dead bodies; he shall wound the heads over many countries.” (Psalms 110:6.)



“ 35 But were mingled among the heathen, and learned their works.” (Psalms 106:35.)

[Do you know what the works of the Heathen are? Are we not mingled among them?]



15 The idols of the heathen are silver and gold, the work of men's hands.” (Psalms 135:15.)



“7 But when ye pray, use not vain repetitions, as the heathen do: for they think that they shall be heard for their much speaking.” (Matthew 6:7.)



There are many scriptures that talk about the works or ways of the Heathen, including a most abominable one, regarding those that caused their children to pass through the fires of Molech.  If such a practice is still in effect, we do not hear of it today, however it is still being done under the guise of abortion in which millions of unborn infants are aborted every year.  This too is a heathenistic practice which angers God and will bring his judgment on those guilty of such acts.



The Most Prominent Form of Heathenism Today



However, there is a more subtle, seemingly non-offensive practice that the Heathens do every year and which is accepted nearly world wide.  It is especially loved by the women of our day, and each year brings new and creative ideas to exploit it further. Read the following scripture and SEE if you can determine what it is:

“1 Hear ye the word which the LORD speaketh unto you, O house of Israel:

2 Thus saith the LORD, Learn not the way of the heathen, and be not dismayed at the signs of heaven; for the heathen are dismayed at them.

3 For the customs of the people are vain: for one cutteth a tree out of the forest, the work of the hands of the workman, with the axe.

4 They deck it with silver and with gold; they fasten it with nails and with hammers that it move not.

5 They are upright as the palm tree, but speak not: they must needs be borne, because they cannot go. Be not afraid of them; for they cannot do evil, neither also is it in them to do good.

6 Forasmuch as there is none like unto thee, O LORD; thou art great, and thy name is great in might.

7 Who would not fear thee, O King of nations? for to thee doth it appertain: forasmuch as among all the wise men of the nations, and in all their kingdoms, there is none like unto thee.

8 But they are altogether brutish and foolish: the stock is a doctrine of vanities.” (Jeremiah 10:1-8.)


Now, perhaps you don’t go out and cut a tree yourself every year for Christmas, or maybe you don’t buy a cut tree at all; (Do you really think that such rationalizations will provide escape from the judgments of God who has called this practice a vain custom, and the way of the Heathen?)  However, do you fasten a tree to stand upright, whether real or plastic, etc, or on a stand and “deck” it with silver or gold balls, and lights and other ornaments? And doesn’t this tradition CHRISTmas appertain to Christ and His name, who is the King of Nations? And after all of that doesn’t the Lord call it brutish, foolish, and the stock a doctrine of vanities? Are you willing to sear your conscious with a hot iron over what God so plainly calls a foolish tradition?  If one learns and practices the “way of the heathen” does not one then become the heathen? Can you defy the word of God?


Then to add injury to insult, how many times each year during this heathen practice do people break the commandment and take the name of the Lord in Vain?  Even by the mention of its name, CHRISTmas, it is done.  And is it justified of them that do so?  Does not the Lord say He will not hold him guiltless that taketh his name in vain? How can one not take His name in vain, when the Lord Himself calls this practice vain?

In verse 15, 21 and 25 of the same chapter above, it says:

“15 They are vanity, and the work of errors: in the time of their visitation they shall perish.


21 For the pastors are become brutish, and have not sought the LORD: therefore they shall not prosper, and all their flocks shall be scattered.  

[Has your Pastor, Bishop, Stake President, or leader sought the Lord about these things or warned you of such practices?? God says they have not.]


25 Pour out thy fury upon the heathen that know thee not, and upon the families that call not on thy name: for they have eaten up Jacob, and devoured him, and consumed him, and have made his habitation desolate.”

[What will consume a man? Fire will consume a man.  Do the scriptures not tell us that the Lord’s day is a day of wrath, a day of burning, of fire and vengeance?]


The Consequences decreed by God for being a Heathen



After reading the above scriptures, the following statement from Chrysostom, John, Homilies on the Epistle to the Hebrews, seems fitting and relevant for the majority of those who may scoff and mock at such things:

Perhaps some are even disgusted and laugh. For this very cause ought we to make our lamentations the more intense, because we are so mad and beside ourselves, that we do not know that we are mad, but laugh at things for which we ought to groan. O man! "There is wrath revealed from heaven against all ungodliness and unrighteousness of men" (from. Romans 1.18); "God will come manifestly: a fire will burn before Him, and round about Him will be a mighty tempest." (Psalms. 50. 3.) "A fire will burn before Him, and consume His enemies on every side." (Psalms. 97. 3.) "The day of the Lord is as a burning oven." (Malachi 4. 1.) And no man lays up these things in his mind, but these tremendous and fearful doctrines are more despised than fables, and are trodden under foot. He that heareth,—there is no one: while they who laugh and make sport are—all. What resource will there be for us? Whence shall we find safety? "We are undone, we are utterly consumed" (Numbers 17. 12), we are become the laughingstock of our enemies, and a mockery for the Heathen and the Demons. Now is the devil greatly elated; he glories and is glad. The angels to whom we had been entrusted are all ashamed and in sadness: there is no man to convert [you]: all means have been used by us in vain, and we seem to you as idle talkers. It is seasonable even now to call on the heaven, because there is no man that heareth; to take to witness the elements: "Hear, O heaven! and give ear, O earth! for the Lord hath spoken." (Isaiah 1. 2.)”

 [Note: The passages above are quoted from the New Advent Bible, which has a somewhat different translation from the King James Version and it is recommended to look  them up to note the difference; also originally the references were abbreviated and roman numerals were cited and have been changed to the full name and standard numerals and bold/underline emphasis added.]


“2 Son of man, prophesy and say, Thus saith the Lord GOD; Howl ye, Woe worth the day!

3 For the day is near, even the day of the LORD is near, a cloudy day; it shall be the time of the heathen.” (Ezekiel 30:2-3.)

[Have you ever seen a Nuclear Mushroom Cloud, 80,000 feet in the air? It SHALL BE in THE TIME OF THE HEATHEN, as the scripture says. Think of how many celebrate the heathen way, in the time of the heathen,  even Christmas season.]


“13 Thou art wearied in the multitude of thy counsels. Let now the astrologers, the stargazers, the monthly prognosticators, stand up, and save thee from these things that shall come upon thee.

[Do not be fooled, for everything God has caused to be written will be fulfilled.]


14 Behold, they shall be as stubble; the fire shall burn them; they shall not deliver themselves from the power of the flame: there shall not be a coal to warm at, nor fire to sit before it.” (Isaiah 47:13-14.)


“4 Circumcise yourselves to the LORD, and take away the foreskins of your heart, ye men of Judah and inhabitants of Jerusalem: lest my fury come forth like fire, and burn that none can quench it, because of the evil of your doings.” (Jeremiah 4:4.)


“13 Thy substance and thy treasures will I give to the spoil without price, and that for all thy sins, even in all thy borders.

14 And I will make thee to pass with thine enemies into a land which thou knowest not: for a fire is kindled in mine anger, which shall burn upon you.” (Jeremiah 15:13-14.)


“1 For, behold, THE DAY COMETH THAT SHALL BURN burn as an oven; and all the proud, yea, and all that do wickedly, shall be stubble: and the day that cometh shall burn them up, saith the LORD of hosts, that it shall leave them neither root nor branch.” (Malachi 4:1.)

[Who are your roots?  Who are your Branches?  Your Parents and your Children.]


10 And now also the axe is laid unto the root of the trees: therefore every tree which bringeth not forth good fruit is hewn down, and cast into the fire.

12 Whose fan is in his hand, and he will throughly purge his floor, and gather his wheat into the garner; but he will burn up the chaff with unquenchable fire.”  (Matthew 3:10,12.)


“6 Upon the wicked he shall rain snares, fire and brimstone, and an horrible tempest: this shall be the portion of their cup.” (Psalms 11:6.) [The wind from a nuclear blast (1 megaton) is over 300 mph, and the fire is 11 million degrees.]


21 And I will set my glory among the heathen, and all the heathen shall see my judgment that I have executed, and my hand that I have laid upon them.” (Ezekiel 39:21.)


Yes the heathen will know that they have brought the wrath of God upon themselves.  Is the word of the Lord hard? To some it is.  But, to those who want to live by every word that proceedeth forth from the mouth of God (Matthew 4:4), it is plain and easy to be understood.  Others will find fault with, or transfigure the holy word of God as Mormon 8:33 says: “… Why have ye transfigured the holy word of God, that ye might bring damnation upon your souls?...” Do you change the meaning of the scriptures to suit your lifestyle, or are you willing to accept them for what they really mean?


And still others it will cut to their heart: “2 And it came to pass that I said unto them that I knew that I had spoken hard things against the wicked, according to the truth;. . .wherefore, the guilty taketh the truth to be hard, for it cutteth them to the very center.” (1 Nephi 16:2.)


The Vice Grip Hold of Incorrect Traditions



We have been caught up in the very thing which the Book of Mormon has warned us of time and time again: INCORRECT TRADITIONS.  Traditions that people have clung to for hundreds of years, they are the shackle of bondage upon them, and keep their minds clouded from the truth.  To break them, it is regarded by many, is to go against the grain and fabric of humanity and become a traitor, imbecile and loony of society.  They have become all important, to the point of invoking our Jealous God to anger, for He is a Jealous God, and has commanded that we have no other God’s before Him.


“ 5 I say unto you, my sons, were it not for these things, which have been kept and preserved by the hand of God, that we might read and understand of his mysteries, and have his commandments always before our eyes, that even our fathers would have dwindled in unbelief, and we should have been like unto our brethren, the Lamanites, who know nothing concerning these things, or even do not believe them when they are taught them, because of the traditions of their fathers, which are not correct.” (Mosiah 1:5.)


“15 Thus they were a very indolent people, many of whom did worship idols, and the curse of God had fallen upon them because of the traditions of their fathers; notwithstanding the promises of the Lord were extended unto them on the conditions of repentance.” (Alma 17:15.)


“7 And behold, ye do know of yourselves, for ye have witnessed it, that as many of them as are brought to the knowledge of the truth, and to know of the wicked and abominable traditions of their fathers, and are led to believe the holy scriptures, yea, the prophecies of the holy prophets, which are written, which leadeth them to faith on the Lord, and unto repentance, which faith and repentance bringeth a change of heart unto them—

8 Therefore, as many as have come to this, ye know of yourselves are firm and steadfast in the faith, and in the thing wherewith they have been made free. . .” (Helaman 15:7-8.)


Who’s on The Lord’s Side, Who?


There are many other scriptures that point to the Heathen traditions of Halloween, Easter and other pagan holiday’s that encompass idolatry and satanic practices which the Lord condemns,  and which many people through their ignorance and false traditions handed down to them by their parents are guilty of indulging.  However, if we hold to the Iron Rod, the Scriptures, or the Word of God, only then can we have the knowledge and satisfaction that we truly are on the Lord’s Side.


6 Now these things were our examples, to the intent we should not lust after evil things, as they also lusted.


11 Now all these things happened unto them for ensamples: and they are written for our admonition, upon whom the ends of the world are come.


12 Wherefore let him that thinketh he standeth take heed lest he fall.


21 Ye cannot drink the cup of the Lord, and the cup of devils: ye cannot be partakers of the Lord's table, and of the table of devils.” (1 Corinthians 10:6, 11, 12, 21)


How can we expect that we will be accepted of the Lord, and that he will accept of our works and our fruits, if we have been engaged our entire lives in the foolishness of vain customs and have constantly been found eating of the devils table and drinking from the devils cup, while professing that we eat and drink of the Lord’s? 


Joseph Smith once said:There are a great many wise men and women too in our midst who are too wise to be taught; therefore they must die in their ignorance, and in the resurrection they will find their mistake. Many seal up the door of heaven by saying, So far God may reveal and I will believe.  -- Teachings of the Prophet Joseph Smith, p. 309.



Will we then take wisdom and be exhorted?


Jeremiah 10:2 

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