During a sermon on Sunday (Feb. 4), Dr. Steven Lawson, lead preacher of Trinity Bible Church Dallas, spoke directly in opposition to his friend Alistair Begg’s public counsel to a woman about attending her grandchild’s LGBTQ+ wedding.
In addition to his lead preaching role, the 72-year-old Lawson also serves as a professor of preaching and oversees the Doctor of Ministry program at The Master’s Seminary, is the executive editor for Expositor Magazine, has authored over 30 books, and is a teaching fellow for Ligonier Ministries.
Lawson and Begg have shared the stage at many conferences. In fact, the two preachers were scheduled to speak at John MacArthur’s upcoming annual Shepherds Conference until Begg withdrew last month following his controversial wedding remarks.
As Lawson preached out of Luke 3:18-22, he discussed how John the Baptist never hesitated to call out sin, especially Herod the Tetrarch’s marriage to his own brother’s wife, despite the consequences John the Baptist faced for doing so.
“Sin never travels alone,” Lawson warned. “One sin always leads to 10 sins. One sin always leads to 20 other sins, and one sin never is isolated by itself.”
Herod’s way of dealing with sin was to lock John the Baptist up, Lawson said. “Rather than repenting of sin, he goes after the one who’s accusing him of sin” and instead tried to make John the Baptist repent for calling out the ruler’s sin.
Lawson told the congregation that Luke wants his readers to understand that “there was no hesitation on John’s part to preach the truth” and that “he was willing to suffer for the truth and mainly because this marriage is wrong.”
Without mentioning his name, Lawson then segued into his rebuke of Begg’s LGBTQ+ wedding comments.
“There’s been a lot of talk recently about whether a Christian should attend a homosexual marriage,” Lawson said. “And there’s been a lot of talk recently about whether a Christian should attend a transgender wedding, and should they bring a gift to the wedding so that they would appear to be compassionate and loving.”
Lawson continued, “I want you to know that the answer is absolutely no.”