[quote="drblank1, post:21, topic:442045"]
From what I see, some think there is initial justification and further justification. This kind of sound like you are saying you are saved and then "more" saved? But if that means further justification is growing closer to God as we experience our faith-walk with Jesus, then we are in agreement.
I usually read threads like these but never comment (because I don't feel competent in articulating this stuff well), but I'm going to take a crack. Catholics, please correct me if I misrepresent!
Yes, I would say it's the further justification you describe. It's not so much that we get "more saved" but rather that we view salvation as having past, present, and future elements and we have to do some things to remain on the path (we're not earning it; but we have to work to not reject it). What you view as the one-time salvation event we would view as initial justification with needed sanctification throughout the rest of our lives.
I actually think the Catholic and Protestant views are mostly just different ways of looking at the same thing (and using different verbiage).
For example, let's say I come to Christ and accept him and do whatever you consider necessary for salvation. You'd say I was saved and Catholics would say I had experienced initial justification.
Then I fall into a life of unending murder and heaping mayhem upon others. I die in that state, completely unrepentant. You would say that because I never followed up my salvation with any good works at all (and only evil works), it proved that my salvation was false in the first place (I was never saved). Catholics would say I never underwent any sanctification to stay in God's good graces, but rather separated myself from him (as we could call it, mortal sin).
Both sides would say I was unsaved upon death (let's assume I am accurate in describing my heart as God sees it). Same events, same results, just different ways to explain it.
This is why we like to say we are working out our salvation with fear and trembling (Philippians 2:12) and why we don't feel we can answer "Are you saved?" with only a binary yes/no at a given point in time because our lives aren't over yet.