One of the things that grieves me the most is watching brilliant people utilize their gifts to intentionally deceive in order to accomplish their agenda. It’s not too far of a biblical stretch to say there may be a special place in hell for false teachers. It’s the betrayal aspect of it all that I probably hate the most.
People trust your reputation. When you abuse that trust to accomplish ends, you have now turned people into a currency.
There’s no greater love than to lay down your life for your friends. So too would I say there is no greater evil than to betray your friends to get the idol that you worship.