Another scripture for you:<quoted text> Greetings to you also and I think that was a very good explanation. There are many OSAS churches where I live. I think some of those people are pure in heart and really do try to have faith and stay in grace; however, many of them do whatever sin they want during the week and then go to church on Sunday. They seem to use grace as a cloak, and think that they can willfully sin. I do not agree with such a belief.
I do not believe in OSAS. I believe in once saved it is time to pick up your cross and follow Jesus and work out your own salvation. I have sometimes made this more difficult than what it should be because instead of knowing that God will forgive me for mistakes (not willful sin), I have sometimes felt over burdened by making small mistakes and was not able to forgive myself for not being perfect. This is, as you said trying to take on a role that I am in no wise capable of fulfilling on my own without the help of Jesus. We are only human and not perfect and that is why we need the grace of God. But I do not want to try and use grace as a cloak. I want to learn and grow in grace.
So yes I agree with your analogy of the two.
You have been <<<severed>> > from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace.
Who was the Apostle Paul writing to???
He was writing to Christians who were seeking to bind parts of the old law,(Law of Moses,) and he was warning them of the consequences.
Notice the word "severed"
Do you see it???
You CANNOT be severed from something that you were not once connected to.
Thus, what about GRACE???
You cannot 'fall' from something that you were not 'in.'
If you were baptized INTO Christ Jesus, can one fall from grace???
Of course you can.....YOU HAVE FALLEN FROM GRACE......
How important is sound doctrine???
Hope this helps you......