Ancient Oracle wrote:
Once saved, always saved?
The real question is what constitutes 'saved'? When am I saved?
Simply my declaring it, or my claiming it, does not make it happen. I am not God.
However, when I enter Heaven, and Jesus says I'm saved, only then am I always saved.
You are saved when you are baptized into Christ (Rom. 6:3). The Sacrament works ex opere operato every single time it is done in faith. Faith of the baptizand. Faith of the parents. Faith of the priest even. Just has to be done in faith and you are saved.
Furthermore, you cannot become "unsaved." Following the analogy of new birth, it is impossible to turn around and get out of Christ and back into Adam. It is permanent. That's why the Judgment will be much, MUCH more severe for Nancy Pelosi than it will be for some pagan in Africa who never heard of Jesus. She is completely culpable for turning away from Christ and spitting on the inheritance of eternal life.
Another way to say it might be that you were saved when you were baptized, you are being saved as you cooperate with the grace of God and the Holy Spirit, and you will be finally and eternally saved when you get through Purgatory (assuming you don't achieve saint status while alive) and arrive on the Golden Shores.