There are those who have walked with Christ. Some for many years. They have shown the love of Christ and been a great influence upon the Body of Christ. Some never had any good intention of following Christ but only the appearance. Scripture says
But know this, that in the last days perilous times will come: 2 For men will be lovers of themselves, lovers of money, boasters, proud, blasphemers, disobedient to parents, unthankful, unholy, 3 unloving, unforgiving, slanderers, without self-control, brutal, despisers of good, 4 traitors, headstrong, haughty, lovers of pleasure rather than lovers of God, 5 having a form of godliness but denying its power. And from such people turn away!
How do we discern these folks? Know the Word of God. If we know His truth and continue to stand in it by the Holy Scriptures and the Holy Scriptures, then we will be able to know who is of Christ. Scripture says
15 “Beware of false prophets, who come to you in sheep’s clothing, but inwardly they are ravenous wolves. 16 You will know them by their fruits. Do men gather grapes from thornbushes or figs from thistles? 17 Even so, every good tree bears good fruit, but a bad tree bears bad fruit. 18 A good tree cannot bear bad fruit, nor can a bad tree bear good fruit. 19 Every tree that does not bear good fruit is cut down and thrown into the fire. 20 Therefore by their fruits you will know them. Mat. 7:15-20)
Now false prophets can pretend to be your friend. They can show love and concern but be blind and have an alternative agenda or ignorant of God’s Truth. One they have been deceived by Satan into thinking is of Christ. But folks, anyone not following Christ and His truth is a traitor to His cause.
4 And Jesus answered and said to them: “Take heed that no one deceives you. 5 For many will come in My name, saying, ‘I am the Christ,’ and will deceive many.(Mat. 24:4-5)
Take heed indeed. There are some who literally claim they are Christ re-incarnated. There are many who try to take Christ’s place. These are pastors, apostles, deacons and so on who claim they are sent by Christ and try to be a mediator between you and Him. No one can replace Christ. No one can stand in His temple and claim any power.
6 Jesus said to him, “I am the way, the truth, and the life. No one comes to the Father except through Me. (John 14:6)
In conclusion, who am I calling a traitor to Christ? Those who try to usurp the Lord’s power in the body of Christ and Lord over His disciples. Those who whip the disciples and abuse them. Those whose foundation is built upon worldly power. Claiming money, tithes should be given to them and enrich them. Beware in these last days. For the enemy is hungry and will steal your salvation if you are not watching.