Dear Brother Ian, it is a blessing to have so much common understanding. We seek to build upon that which we hold dear and agree upon. I know that there is so much more that I can learn and look forward to an eternity of doing so with our Lord!
Babylon has fallen, has fallen. That gives us a clue something is wrong, very wrong. The wine spoken of is pointing us to false doctrine. Can we agree?
And there followed another angel, saying, Babylon is fallen, is fallen, that great city, because she made all nations drink of the wine of the wrath of her fornication. Rev. 14:8.
What better to deceive the nations than a false gospel. How is it false? It gives salvation to those who are not fully surrendered to Christ. It teaches that one is saved while sinning. Let us look at your questions.
As I understand it you are saying that the 'evangelical gospel' teaches that santification is an ongoing experience, 'the work of a lifetime', while you believe we are sanctified when we are justified?
I would not say it in that manner, because sanctification is an ongoing process, the work of a lifetime. One of the problems with most false gospels is that once you say the sinner's prayer you are saved forever. But, not so, one must continually be sanctified in order to retain everlasting life.
But, your statement that I believe we are "justified" and "sanctified" at the same time is true. We must add to this that we must be justified daily and that our sanctification will continue to grow daily as long as we "die daily". Justification is the new birth and that means we must be born again daily, or as Paul put it, we must "die daily". When we die to self, then Christ is enthroned upon the heart. If we have Him, we have His Spirit. If we have His Spirit, then the fruits of His Spirit are seen in the life. If the fruits are seen in the life, then there is evidence of salvation. If we love Him, we will keep His commandments. We do not keep them in order to be saved, for we are saved by grace, but we keep the commandments because it is Christ, not I. When Christ is Master in my life, then I am a partaker of His divine nature even though I still live in fallen flesh. Paul says I keep under my body, and bring it into subjection: lest that by any means, when I have preached to others, I myself should be a castaway. 1 Cor. 9:27.
The evangelical gospel, makes a provision for sin while abiding in Christ or it allows for salvation apart from Christ. Such an abomination!! Giving life to one who is apart from Christ!! The gospel of grace gives glory to God, not to man. It is Christ, not I!! Apart from Christ, man can do no good thing. But, Paul says, "I can do all things through Christ who strengtheneth me." Philippians 4:13.
I hope this helps to clarify how I see the false gospel being taught by most evangelical churches as compared to what I see the Bible teaching. If we want to reach people with the gospel, then we must reflect Christ, we must be examples of what the power of love can do to transform not only the drunk, but us who do not drink, but are selfish and unlovely in character. We ought not make excuses for sin. We ought to go to Christ and plead to be changed, to become partakers of His divine nature that we might escape "the corruption that is in the world through lust." 2 Peter 1:4.
The true gospel has power to not only forgive, but to cleanse from all sin. 1 John 1:7. It is the greatest of all miracles!! Let that be our experience today!