II Peter 3:16. “As also in all his epistles, speaking in them of these things; in which are some things hard to be understood, which they that are unlearned and unstable wrest, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction.”
Verse 16 is a continuation of verse 15, in which Peter mentions “our beloved brother Paul” who also wrote about the same things Peter mentions. He (Peter) acknowledges that these things can be hard to understand. He says that those who are uneducated in the scripture, or who are spiritually unstable, tend to wrest the things they don’t understand in order to make sense of them. Of course, I had to look up wrest, and here is what I found:
to twist, turn awry
to torture, put to the rack
metaph. to pervert, of one who wrests or tortures language in a false senseStrong’s Numbers
I couldn’t help but think of all the different ways we’re seeing language, here in the States, being turned to make that which is wrong seem right; to make that which is evil seem good. When we do not understand God’s perspective, or simply refuse to accept it, then we have to find a way to twist and pervert words to mean something that was never intended.
Those who twist and pervert scripture, Peter says, are doing so to their own destruction. We need to take scripture at its word, not changing and twisting it to fit man’s perspective.