Here is the main problem I have with so many who are calling for "Progress" in Sanctification. They really aren't calling for progress, they aren't really calling for growth -- they are calling for someone else to not annoy them with some quirk or thing that they dislike.
I know a man who in his youth was a junkie, an atheist drug addict who was utterly destructive. Now, by the grace of God, he is not only a Christian, but a pastor who is faithful, who zealously preaches the Gospel. The man who was totally selfish now cannot stand to hear anything about how good he is, but insists that everything be about Christ and how good Christ is.
What growth granted by God!
Yet - do the folks clamoring for "Growth" in Sanctification celebrate this man? Do they even point to him himself - look at how you have grown, there is an example of growth in Sanctification!
Nope. They disdain him, write him off. He is the example of one who has not grown in Sanctification... because he is not up to their standards. He's too coarse, perhaps. Or he isn't as patient as they would like.
Now - if you look upon this one with disdain, as one lacking growth... why should I listen to anything you have to say at all upon the topic of growth?
Now, me myself - I cannot remember a time when I was not in the Church. The trials I have faced have not been near what this man has - yet with him I will say gladly that Christ Jesus is my justification, my sanctification, my life. To God alone be the glory.