Nephi prophesied of the day when many would say, "Eat, drink, and be merry, for tomorrow we die; and it shall be well with us." (2 ne. 28:7.)

Such people advocate "fear God - he will justify in committing a little sin; yea, lie a little, take the advantage of one because of his words, dig a pit for thy neighbor; there is no harm in this; and do all these things, for tomorrow we die; and if it so be that we are guilty, God will beat us with a few stripes, and at last we shall be saved in the kingdome of God." (2 Ne. 28:8.)In A Companion to Your Study of the Book of Mormon, LDS scholar Daniel H. Ludlow wrote: "Any person who has carefully studied the teachings of modern theologians recognizes that many of them now teach there is no such thing as 'sin against God'; they claim sin is simply doing wrong against oneself. In such a philosophy, the person can rationalize whether or not he is committing sin.

"Nephi's prophecy concerning the false teachings of the last days seems to be literally fulfilled in this modern theology, which even questions the existence of God and of life after death. The philosophy that 'God is dead' comprises a significant part of modern theology."