The Demas Syndrome

Text: II Timothy 4:10 “For Demas hath forsaken me, having loved this present world, and is departed unto Thessalonica;”

Introduction: I came to become a Christian in a small country church with about one hundred and fifty members, sixty years ago. Today that same church has very few members attending. It is said that about two thousand preachers leave the ministry each year and leave no way to get in touch with them. Countries to which we used to send missionaries now send missionaries to this country. What happened?

Worldliness and Riches:  Matthew 13.22 “He also that received seed among the thorns is he that heareth the word; and the care of this world, and the deceitfulness of riches, choke the word, and he becometh unfruitful.” Many have been raised in church and heard the Word preached hundreds of times. Then they are exposed to the world. They care more about the world and its pleasures and the love of the wealth that it offers. They forget the spiritual teachings of their youth and venture out into the world, many never to return.

What’s the Outcome: II Timothy 3:13 “But evil men and seducers shall wax worse and worse, deceiving, and being deceived.” I Timothy 4:2 “Speaking lies in hypocrisy; having their conscience seared with a hot iron;” If you tell others around you that Christ is the answer to the world’s problems; they look at you like you have lost your mind. However, some will listen and come to believe in Christ; it will change them and the world around them, one at a time. Only Christ can make law abiding citizens fit for here and the Kingdom of God.

Conclusion: If you have the “Demas Syndrome” it is not too late to turn around and go back. The Bible does not tell what happened to Demas, but it does tell that if we repent and return to the right path; we will be forgiven.