I have another question for you. Are you more interested in controlling human behavior (i.e. making sure people obey what God says they should) or seeing people come to a true saving faith in Christ? There is a HUGE difference.
I would assert that the true device of the enemy isn't the "OSAS" doctrine, but it is the telling of a gospel that is not THE GOSPEL. And . . . I may make everybody mad at me on this one, but I am going to say it, anyway. The problem is that in many ways, modern day Christianity has taken the beautiful message of Redemption by our Almighty Father who always keeps His promises and fulfills His purposes for HIS glory and turned it into something that man does and keeps for himself. Salvation is heart and mind change that comes to us when we are given eyes to see who Christ is and why He came. It comes when we are given ears to hear His voice calling us as His sheep. We hear and come because we belong to Him and have been called and chosen by the Father for Christ. We learn to obey Him because the heart change causes us to delight in obeying Him. We are grieved when His Spirit within us reveals the sin in us that remains because we remain in the flesh--but we will never be righteous in and of ourselves. We know that the only claim we have is our adoption by Him through the blood of the ONE who was righteous. I am well-acquainted with much of the sorriness of my own flesh, and I am grateful for the Grace of God that has made me the righteousness of God IN CHRIST and in Christ alone.
Because I know this, I know that my flesh is dying--subject to the laws of sin and death, just like this world is decaying and groaning for its final redemption. BUT--I am alive IN CHRIST and look to the promise of Resurrection. While I live, the Spirit works and helps me wage war against the flesh, but I now obey out of obedience and love--not because it is a duty or because I think that ANYTHING I do in my flesh will EVER earn one blasted thing for me. I obey because He is my Father. He loves me and wants GOOD for me. I didn't even know what good was until I had eyes to see Jesus, and the mercy and grace of my Father in heaven gave me those eyes.
Paul says it best in Phillipians 3 ( I cut and pasted this from Biblegateway.com)
Righteousness Through Faith in Christ
3 Finally, my brothers,[a] rejoice in the Lord. To write the same things to you is no trouble to me and is safe for you.
2 Look out for the dogs, look out for the evildoers, look out for those who mutilate the flesh. 3 For we are the circumcision, who worship by the Spirit of God[b] and glory in Christ Jesus and put no confidence in the flesh— 4 though I myself have reason for confidence in the flesh also. If anyone else thinks he has reason for confidence in the flesh, I have more: 5 circumcised on the eighth day, of the people of Israel, of the tribe of Benjamin, a Hebrew of Hebrews; as to the law, a Pharisee; 6 as to zeal, a persecutor of the church; as to righteousness under the law,[c] blameless. 7 But whatever gain I had, I counted as loss for the sake of Christ. 8 Indeed, I count everything as loss because of the surpassing worth of knowing Christ Jesus my Lord. For his sake I have suffered the loss of all things and count them as rubbish, in order that I may gain Christ 9 and be found in him, not having a righteousness of my own that comes from the law, but that which comes through faith in Christ, the righteousness from God that depends on faith— 10 that I may know him and the power of his resurrection, and may share his sufferings, becoming like him in his death, 11 that by any means possible I may attain the resurrection from the dead.
Straining Towards the Goal
12 Not that I have already obtained this or am already perfect, but I press on to make it my own, because Christ Jesus has made me his own. 13 Brothers, I do not consider that I have made it my own. But one thing I do: forgetting what lies behind and straining forward to what lies ahead, 14 I press on towards the goal for the prize of the upward call of God in Christ Jesus. 15 Let those of us who are mature think this way, and if in anything you think otherwise, God will reveal that also to you. 16 Only let us hold true to what we have attained.
17 Brothers, join in imitating me, and keep your eyes on those who walk according to the example you have in us. 18 For many, of whom I have often told you and now tell you even with tears, walk as enemies of the cross of Christ. 19 Their end is destruction, their god is their belly, and they glory in their shame, with minds set on earthly things. 20 But our citizenship is in heaven, and from it we await a Saviour, the Lord Jesus Christ, 21 who will transform our lowly body to be like his glorious body, by the power that enables him even to subject all things to himself.
I would like to encourage you, Extraordinary and anyone else reading these posts, to read a lovely book by our fellow Faithwriter, Robert Bernecker. It's in the free reads for reviews and is calledWho's Your Father? He does an excellent job of using the Word of God to show us who Our Father is and just why we can depend on Him.
Our salvation is a gift of HIS RIGHTEOUSNESS, not ours. When we admit that all we have comes from Him and is for Him and live like we know and believe that, we are practicing the righteousness of Christ in our flesh. When we add another step to the message of the gospel, we are forgetting who Jesus is and what He came to do.
Extraordinary, maybe you are distressed because you see many people who call themselves Christians not living out their faith. Maybe what is missing is the gospel--not more works, but the gospel. If people never realize the desperate situation of their human hearts without the LIGHT of Christ, they will walk an aisle to appease a twinge of guilt and then turn around and think that salvation still involves their cleaning up their behavior. NO ONE can clean up his or her behavior until they have been given a heart to love God, and this comes through the experience of the new birth. There is no other gospel. Jesus preached it to Nicodemus in John 3. He preached it to the Samaritan woman at the well. Salvation is something God does in us--and because HE does it, we can be assured that it is sure.