This is a commonly used misinterpretation that is used widely throughout the church and also utilized by cults. Most often the phrase is used to describe someone on the outside of the “Body of Christ” which has “fallen” out of God’s love and grasp by some sinful act/acts. It is also used by some to describe those which are not fulfilling current roles of work in their local assemblies. These are known by these groups as back-sliders. However they are deemed, the scripture refutes the term “fallen from grace” from being applied to these people.
Let’s look at:
1Stand fast therefore in the liberty wherewith Christ hath made us free, and be not entangled again with the yoke of bondage.
2Behold, I Paul say unto you, that if ye be circumcised, Christ shall profit you nothing.
3For I testify again to every man that is circumcised, that he is a debtor to do the whole law.
4Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen
5For we through the Spirit wait for the hope of righteousness by faith.
6For in Jesus Christ neither circumcision availeth any thing, nor uncircumcision; but faith which worketh by love.
7Ye did run well; who did hinder you that ye should not obey the truth?
8This persuasion cometh not of him that calleth you.
9A little leaven leaveneth the whole lump.
10I have confidence in you through the Lord, that ye will be none otherwise minded: but he that troubleth you shall bear his judgment, whosoever he be.
11And I, brethren, if I yet preach circumcision, why do I yet suffer persecution? then is the offence of the cross ceased.
12I would they were even cut off which trouble you.
13For, brethren, ye have been called unto liberty; only use not liberty for an occasion to the flesh, but by love serve one another.
14For all the law is fulfilled in one word, even in this; Thou shalt love thy neighbour as thyself.
Here we see in context that those which have fallen from grace are those which believe that they can be vindicated from sin through thier good deeds in the Law of Moses. They reject Christ and his sacrifice and essentially are alienated from the Kingdom of God by thier own choice.
Backslider, as is mentioned above, is a term commonly used describe someone who has begun to sin again or has stopped serving in the local assembly or church.
The term is derived from the Old Testament and is used loosely by most. If the term is to be used, it must only be applied to former believers which now voluntarily reject the sacrifice of Christ, both verbally and with actions in a blatantly rebellious fashion. It cannot apply to those which stop christian service for a season or change assemblies or churches.
4For it is impossible for those who were once enlightened, and have tasted of the heavenly gift, and were made partakers of the Holy Ghost,
5And have tasted the good word of God, and the powers of the world to come,
6If they shall fall away, to renew them again unto repentance; seeing they crucify to themselves the Son of God afresh, and put him to an open shame.
7For the earth which drinketh in the rain that cometh oft upon it, and bringeth forth herbs meet for them by whom it is dressed, receiveth blessing from God:
8But that which beareth thorns and briers is rejected, and is nigh unto cursing; whose end is to be burned.
9But, beloved, we are persuaded better things of you, and things that accompany salvation, though we thus speak.