And account that the long-suffering of our Lord is salvation; even as our beloved brother Paul also according to the wisdom given unto him has written unto you; 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 twist, as they do also the other scriptures, unto their own destruction. You therefore, beloved, seeing you know these things beforehand, beware lest you also, being led away with the error of the wicked, fall from your own steadfastness. But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ. To him be glory both now and forever. Amen. 2 Peter 3:15-18
Peter is writing to brethren whom Paul had previously written to.
He says that those who twist what Paul wrote also twist the rest of the scriptures, and that all such are heading for destruction. If you meet a person who twists the scriptures you are a meeting a person who is heading for destruction.
They are called unlearned and unstable – that is, not really interested in learning the truth, but they know some truth, and this is just enough truth to make them dangerous, as they mix truth with error, and the resultant confusion results in instability – an unstable person – someone you cannot rely on.
Why are they heading for destruction? Bcos when people twist scripture they always do it for a reason and that is to justify their sin – to justify things they know the scripture denounces as sin.
And this is what Peter refers to here as the error of the wicked, and he warns us not to be led away with this same error of twisting the scriptures, of being unbelieving, and thus falling from our steadfast position.
But grow in grace, and in the knowledge of our Lord and Savior Jesus Christ.