Let us think out loud about how gentile Christians have twisted scripture to suit their own agenda.
A "Twisted Scripture" is a biblical passage taken out of context and portrayed to mean something that neither its author intended nor it's original audience understood. In politics this is called "unintended consequences" and in the military it is called "collateral damage."
This is such an involved topic with many twists and turns that it cannot be contained within a simple one page essay, nor even in a multi-part essay but we will offer an introduction to Twisting Scripture.
Leaders of the Christian religion have had over 20 centuries to completely muck up and twist the faith of Jesus and his apostles. Don't think so? In every century, there have been cries of error and abuse with reformers attempting to return the church to a more apostolic version. However, each reformer focused on only a single or just a very few issues. Martin Luther was concerned with abuses and obvious doctrinal error over salvation by grace versus works. And his was not the single voice but one among a chorus of reformation voices all calling for a reformation of one sort or another. So what has gone so terribly wrong to inspire reformers? Most notably, every one has accused the religious leaders of Christian institutions of twisting scripture. What are the twists that have led to so many reformation voices? How is scripture twisted to reflect an opinion and fail to represent the apostolic faith?
The first is ignorant and unstable Christian commentators, theologians and teachers trying to teach that which they do not understand themselves and thus "get it wrong." Typically this group is only following their tradition, habits or repeating others. This group's errors are fixable with correct teaching. They are sincere but sincerely in error.
ESV: II Peter Chapter 3
 as he [Paul] does in all his letters when he speaks in them of these matters. There are some things in them that are hard to understand, which the ignorant and unstable twist to their own destruction, as they do the other Scriptures.
The word "twist" in this passage is unique in the New Testament, Strong's #4761, it occurs nowhere else, but it is closely related to another word, Strong's #4762, used 19 times in the New Testament. The first word literally means to "torture." The second word means to "turn." Thus twisting scripture is a torturous turning away from the original meaning. Twisting scripture does violence to the intent of the author and the writer. The latter word, #4762, is also used of conversion, where one turns in a new direction such as believing on Jesus Christ, a complete turnaround from unbelief. Twisting scripture then means a torturous conversion of truth into error.
The second way scripture is twisted is the religious masses needing an "itch" to be scratched. Without exception, they find so called "evangelists" to scratch their itch. What is the itch? Christianity has failed to deliver the Christian masses to the point of delivering them from sin consciousness by teaching sound doctrine. Consequently the masses feel an itch to feel good about themselves. Their need is sound doctrine to deliver them from their sin consciousness. However failing to recognize their true need, they seek out religious motivational speakers who deliver a fuzzy feel good messages rather than the sound doctrine which delivers. These so called "evangelists" rise up to meet the need of the masses and scratch the itch but do not deliver God's people with sound doctrine. Many supply this "itch need" to the tune of considerable monetary benefit for themselves personally.
The itch in the passage below, is the Strong's #2833, and is only used once in the New Testament. In secular literature of the day, it always meant "scratching the itch." It is the "itching followers" who sponsor the rise of the "religious scratchers." For these religious scratchers, their "success" is measured in number of followers and the size of their treasury. But to fix the leaders of these misinformed masses, you would have to fix human pride and greed … not very fixable. As long as people are desirous of hearing religious motivational speakers and feel good stories to scratch their itch, these "evangelists" will continue to have great followings.
ESV: II Timothy Chapter 4
 For the time is coming when people will not endure sound teaching, but having itching ears they will accumulate for themselves teachers to suit their own passions,
Next post: the methods used to Twist Scripture.