Luke 8:13 And the ones on the rock are those who, when they hear the word, receive it with joy. But these have no root; they believe for a while, and in time of testing fall away. 14 And as for what fell among the thorns, they are those who hear, but as they go on their way they are choked by the cares and riches and pleasures of life, and their fruit does not mature.<quoted text>God gave me this last night for you osas'ers(you see, he doesnt beleive that you are right either).
Demas left Paul after he saw that the fate of Paul was sealed, his mentor was going to be killed and he loved his life more that he cared for his soul. now lets look at Peter and the apostles, after the empty tomb, Pater said we go fishing. they turned back to the world, just as demas did.
Demas backslid and so did they!
the difference being that Jesus appeared to them while they were fishing, there is no reference that jesus ever appeared to Demas, but I believe that he wwould have. it is not His will that any should perish, that verse clearly indicates that some will perish.
Now those apostles had a measure of the Holy Spirit, but still did not have that Power that was given to them at Pentecost(proof positive that we do need and can receive more than what we receive when we got Saved).
those of us that dont believe in osas realize that a person has a "free will" in our Salvation, so Yes, the answer to your question is very simple and the Bible tells us to "work out our own Salvation with fear and trembling".
Demas was responsible for his salvation, so too was Peter and the others , they didnt love the world unlike him though, and Jesus knew that.
You nor anyone else can judge the Salvation of a person who lived 2000 years ago, We MUST rely on the words of Paul who bragged(blessed him) about him and told people to lift him up
If Paul didnt know that Demas was Saved, then we could not rely on him to provide an accurate accounting of the Word that was entrusted to him.
Hank is incorrect in his belief that he was saved when he was Baptised in which you and I disagree with premise, but you are incorrect when you believe that no matter what a person does after they are Saved, their soul is still right with God.this just isnt true. this came from God to help you, I sincerely hope you take it as such.
I am not here to browbeat any person, just to stand for Him and His Word.
***This does not speak of christians but people like Demas***