The Cost of Sin

This seems to be a very unpopular topic in this current post-modern era of the church. It’s very obvious that the message of “hyper grace” or “sloppy agape” has become prevalent in many American churches. Pastors don’t touch it “with a 10 foot pole,” for fear that it’ll drive away congregants, and if their congregants leave, the money goes with them as well – sad but true…

I know…I know… I’m sounding very “old school,” traditional and religious, but am I sounding Biblical? Before we all begin to “Bible thump,” allow me to make certain clear points regarding sin. And since this is a blog and not a research paper, I’ll be very precise. I’m certain many will have rebuttals, questions and comments; please feel free to post them on the comments below.

To begin, allow me to acknowledge that we live in the dispensation of GRACE. God is not mad at us! His anger and retribution regarding the sin of humanity was placed on Jesus while He hung on the cross. It was at the cross that we received our forgiveness and entrance to God’s presence. The authority of sin has been stripped and we’ve been freely given the power to overcome it by a genuine confession to the Lordship of Christ. But this doesn’t mean that we would never sin anymore and that sin doesn’t have a cost to it. It also doesn’t mean that we can’t still be bound and captured by it. And it doesn’t mean that the consequences of sin have been eliminated. The privileged of fee choice is still operative.

Since our faith in Christ and our place in His kingdom is a forward progression of growth, purpose and adventure, sin is the opposite. In the New Testament sin means to miss that mark, to fall short (hamartia, hamartema, hamartano.) This word occurs around 250 times in the New Testament to express the concept of sin. It’s used several ways. It can refer to general sin or wrongdoing (John 8:21) or specific acts of sin (Matthew 12:31; 1 John 5:16). It also refers to the inward element that produces wrongdoing (Romans 3:97:13).  However it’s used, it has consequences.  And with it carries a costly price tag.

Here are just a few:

  • Sin separates us from understanding the love of God. It breeds condemnation.
  • Sin causes us to miss divine opportunities. It blinds us from knowing what the Holy Spirit is doing. It hinders us from connecting with God’s blessings
  • Sin is never satisfied, thus it’ll consume all resources leaving you broke of influence and money.
  • Sin might be personal but never private. Since we’re all connected, our sin always affects others; especially those closest to us.
  • Sin isolates and separates.  It causes us to disconnect from relationships and isolates us for satanic attacks.
  • Sin causes repentance to be more difficult.
  • Sin will cause you to deny your faith and God’s love for you.

There’s way more here… but I have to stop…

Anxious to read your thoughts….




  1. Graciela Sandoval on April 21, 2016 at 12:22 PM

    I am Grateful I came across this today, certainly not by accident. I was meant to read this today! Powerful and True. Sin is Sin no matter how small or how big..Thank you Pastor Manny

  2. Dario on April 21, 2016 at 1:29 PM

    Very true Pastor! I will share. It’s sad how people choose the benefits of Christ crucified and still live in sin. When one of the biggest benefits is to be dead to sin. Death to sin is the death of sin so that sin won’t bring forth death.

    • Manny Rivera on April 21, 2016 at 5:06 PM

      Yes Dario!!! Hope all is well wit you! How is your church coming along? Is there any way we can be of any assistance to you? Let me know.

  3. Butch Dias on April 21, 2016 at 4:30 PM

    Love it. thanks for sharing .
    Hope all is well?

    • Manny Rivera on April 21, 2016 at 5:04 PM

      Hi Butch!!! All is well! God is so good! Just pushing through and seeing God move in many areas! Im hungrier for him for than ever! Where are you at these days?

  4. Cyndi on April 21, 2016 at 9:01 PM

    On point! To live a Christ like life is simply to love God and do what you want!! If we love Him our wants would not lean toward sin! Just had a thought: Perhaps we might need to focus more on loving Him, rather than just His loving us…to please Him rather than Him giving to us. To truly seek to please Him out of our love. I think that would make me think twice about how I live. What think ye?

    • Manny Rivera on April 22, 2016 at 3:41 AM

      I agree wholeheartedly!!

  5. Butch Dias on April 21, 2016 at 9:16 PM

    Hi Manny,
    All is well here. Kids all growing up too fast.
    We are at Christ Fellowship these days.
    Still working at the Water Management.
    I think of you all the time and the outreaches we did, when I work in Clewiston.
    Blessings my friend,