Friday, January 12, 2007

A Fall to Grace

I read an article in Relevant magazine that was an interesting spin on our Christianese phrase "a fall from grace" found in Galatians 5:4. We usually use this term to describe someone who gets caught in some type of sexual, financial, legal or other ethical indiscretion. So Ed Young explains that this just isn't the right usage of the idea.

Here is his definition:

"In biblical terms, a fall from grace is not the sinner saved by grace who is caught in moral failure. That is a fall to grace. A fall from grace is the self righteous person who tried to earn his or her salvation through the guise of moral living, declaring that Christ's work on the cross was unnecessary- at least for them."

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