Hello all, I would like to offer a few thoughts:
John 17:12 ( KJV ) While I was with them in the world, I kept them in thy name: those that thou gavest me I have kept, and none of them is lost, but the son of perdition; that the scripture might be fulfilled.
These are the words that the Lord Jesus Himself spoke. I cannot speak to a man's ultimate judgment, but I know what the Lord said.
2 Peter 2:20-22 ( KJV ) 20For if after they have escaped the pollutions of the world through the knowledge of the Lord and Saviour Jesus Christ, they are again entangled therein, and overcome, the latter end is worse with them than the beginning. 21For it had been better for them not to have known the way of righteousness, than, after they have known it, to turn from the holy commandment delivered unto them. 22But it is happened unto them according to the true proverb, The dog is turned to his own vomit again; and the sow that was washed to her wallowing in the mire.
Again, if we voluntarily turn from the way of righteousness, then our latter condition is worse than the first condition.
Finally, a word about salvation. Because so few Christians have truly been discipled, many are convinced that salvation is an instantaneous process. It is not. Being born again is instantaneous, but our salvation must be worked out on a day by day basis. This is why discipleship is so important. Today, many Christians preach getting saved and go to church; this is not what Jesus preached. He preached discipleship into the kingdom of God.
Thank you woman of God for this mind and scriptural searching discussion. Salvation (To be born again) is free but to ascend into heaven is expensive and needs our working. Paul admonished all Christians in Phil 2:12 to work out our own salvation with fear and trembling. This is my opinion. If the prodigal son didn't repent he would have gone to hell. The heretic message that flew across the world few years ago that once saved forever saved was a message from the pit of hell to lead innocent saints to hell.
Judas is definitely in hell Mt 26:24 The Son of man goeth as it is written of him: but woe unto that man by whom the Son of man is betrayed! it had been good for that man if he had not been born. Acts 1;16-20. Judas committed suicide also. This is my personal opinion from my understanding of scriptures. We all need to work in the narrow way and ask daily for his grace to see us through this race. God bless you all.