Man on stairs: I always assumed that "earning your wings" was just a metaphor.
It’s a very misunderstood one. A Saved person operates under God’s grace and it’s not removable once given. However, legalists want to follow rules and regulations and by doing so they have robbed the Gospel of much of its power. They have fallen from grace. We usually think of it as someone losing grace and it’s not..Take 1 John 5:5 “Who is the one who overcomes the world, but he who believes that Jesus is the Son of God?” Greek: τις εστιν ο νικων τον κοσμον ει μη ο πιστευων οτι ιησους εστιν ο υιος του θεου.Then compare it to verses in Revelation 2 and 3, where Christ uses exactly the same word, such as Revelation 2:11:“He who has an ear, let him hear what the Spirit says to the churches. He who overcomes will not be hurt by the second death.’” Greek: ο εχων ους ακουσατω τι το πνευμα λεγει ταις εκκλησιαις ο νικων ου μη αδικηθη εκ του θανατου του δευτερου.When you have a clear promise like that, it can’t be ignored to make a theological point. (Despite the fact that many in the past have.) And thus “fallen from grace” that Paul uses in Galatians 5:4 “You who are trying to be justified by the law have been alienated from Christ; you have fallen away from grace.” cannot mean someone loses their Salvation and has to be understood to be grieving or offending the Lord by trying to follow the Mosaic Law..Paul says in Romans 8:38-39 “For I am convinced that neither death nor life, neither angels nor demons, neither the present nor the future, nor any powers, 39 neither height nor depth, nor anything else in all creation, will be able to separate us from the love of God that is in Christ Jesus our Lord.”.Which is pretty clear. The key is to compare Scripture with Scripture. Denomination after denomination has been started by taking one verse or passage and ignoring others.