After all, it was Our Lord who said (to Nicodemus) You must be born again.
I understand your view of theosis enough to realize that you focus on finality and glorification as salvation proper. Hence, you do not speak of yourselves as "saved". But, do you deny the need for a personal conversion and/or commitment to Christ, individually and decisively placing trust in His atoning work as the basis for reconciliation with God, and willingly embracing His teaching?
Salvation is, as I understand it, 3 fold. I submit that most protestants agree therewith, though they may not express it so. However, generally, when we speak of being saved we speak of the point or moment in one's life where we personally and decisively place faith in Christ for forgiveness and/or redemption.
That said, the 3 fold aspect of our salvation maybe expressed thus:
We are saved.
We are also being saved.
And we will one day be finally saved.
It certainly is not improper, Scripturally speaking, for we Christians to refer to ourselves as saved. Consider the following:
1 Peter 1:1-9 (emphasis and parentheticals mine)
Peter, an apostle of Jesus Christ, to the strangers scattered throughout Pontus, Galatia, Cappadocia, Asia, and Bithynia,
Elect according to the foreknowledge of God the Father, through sanctification of the Spirit, unto obedience and sprinkling of the blood of Jesus Christ: Grace unto you, and peace, be multiplied. Blessed be the God and Father of our Lord Jesus Christ, which according to his abundant mercy hath begotten us again (which bespeaks initial conversion) unto a lively hope by the resurrection of Jesus Christ from the dead,To an inheritance incorruptible, and undefiled, and that fadeth not away, reserved in heaven for you,
Who are kept by the power of God (which bespeaks are yet being saved) through faith unto salvation ready to be revealed in the last time (which bespeaks final salvation). Wherein ye greatly rejoice, though now for a season, if need be, ye are in heaviness through manifold temptations:
That the trial of your faith, being much more precious than of gold that perisheth, though it be tried with fire, might be found unto praise and honour and glory at the appearing of Jesus Christ: Whom having not seen, ye love; in whom, though now ye see him not, yet believing, ye rejoice with joy unspeakable and full of glory:
Receiving the end of your faith, even the salvation of your souls. (which bespeaks the properness of referring to ourselves as already saved)
Because of the above passage, and others relative to this subject, I have a real difficulty understanding the drastic difference you guys make over this. Seems like a lot of fuss over a non-issue. Even if the issue is conversion, and the theology underlying it, to decry referring to one's self as saved is in direct opposition to the statements of Scripture, as in the passage above (i.e. " receiving... the salvation of your souls").
Just trying to understand your view a bit more, and maybe perhaps help bridge a difference between us.