“Did you hear about that celebrity pastor and his secretary? What a fall from grace!”
The fall-from-grace phrase is sometimes used to describe famous people who have fallen into sin, but that is not what fall from grace means in the Bible.
When you sin you don’t fall from grace but into grace. It’s not possible to sin yourself beyond the reach of God’s love. His best is better than your worst, and his grace is greater than your sin (see Rom. 5:20).
You have been severed from Christ, you who are seeking to be justified by law; you have fallen from grace. (Galatians 5:4)
What does it mean to fall from grace? We fall from the high place of grace when we start walking after the flesh. Typically, this happens by accident:
I suspect you would never intend this, but this is what happens. When you attempt to live by your own religious plans and projects, you are cut off from Christ, you fall out of grace. (Galatians 5:4, MSG)
Here’s how it happens….