“In the 10th Commandment, why are wives listed with things like houses, oxen, and donkeys, which are property?”

You seem to have Christianity confused with other religions, such as Hinduism, that treat wives as mere property. The Tenth Commandment prohibits coveting (covetousness is an unlawful desire), and lists some of the items we are not to lust after. I’m sure you would agree that men tend to lust after women. So, women are included in the list. The association with other things we covet has nothing to do with their worth.

Christianity treats women with the utmost respect. In the Old Testament they were entrusted with high political offices, and Prov. 31 shows they were given great dignity and worth. When it was considered disreputable and undignified for a man to speak to a woman in public, Jesus spoke to the woman at the well. When women were not considered reliable witnesses, Jesus chose a woman to be the first person to see Him after His resurrection. A woman was privileged to be the first to share the good news that Jesus rose from the dead. Jesus had many women followers, whom He treated with respect and compassion. While some religions don’t want women to be educated, they listened to His teaching and were valuable coworkers in the Church.

The New Testament instructs husbands to love their wives sacrificially, “just as Christ also loved the church and gave Himself for her” (Eph. 5:25). You cannot honor someone more than that. So your inference that Christianity endorses treating women as property is unfounded.

Exodus 20:17 “You shall not covet your neighbor’s house; you shall not covet your neighbor’s wife, nor his male servant, nor his female servant, nor his ox, nor his donkey, nor anything that is your neighbor’s.

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Colored filters.

How incredible that the God of the universe would condescend to speak with human beings. But even more incredible is that the Judge of the Universe would reason with guilty criminals (see also 43:6). Our sins stand out to a holy God like a crimson, blood-soaked rag, but through the mercy of the cross we can become pure as the driven snow (see Psa. 51:7).

“I occasionally use colored filters over my lenses when I photograph in black and white. For instance, a light yellow filter darkens the sky, while brightening the clouds. A red filter enhances the white still more. That particular day, I experimented with viewing a red dot on white paper through a red filter. To my amazement, the dot, when seen through the red filter, appeared white. At that moment I realized the overwhelming truth of God’s forgiveness. Our sin, depicted as deep red by Isaiah, becomes white as snow and wool when seen through the red cross of Golgotha. This is the great transformation of forgiveness…God in Christ has cleansed you of every stain of sin.” Charles Stanley

Isaiah 1:18“Come now, and let us reason together,” Says the Lord, “Though your sins are like scarlet, They shall be as white as snow; Though they are red like crimson, They shall be as wool.

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Unspeakably terrible.

How unspeakably terrible for the king to have to witness the death of his beloved sons. How terrible it is for the ungodly to see their children die at the hands of the enemy who came to steal, kill, and destroy—through drug or alcohol abuse, AIDS, or suicide due to guilt or hopelessness—because they refused to surrender to the Lord. The sins of the parents are often passed on to the children, who often pick up the same destructive behaviors.

Jeremiah 52:10 Then the king of Babylon killed the sons of Zedekiah before his eyes. And he killed all the princes of Judah in Riblah.11 He also put out the eyes of Zedekiah; and the king of Babylon bound him in bronze fetters, took him to Babylon, and put him in prison till the day of his death.

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90% are stillborn.

This is the spirit in which we should pray for the lost. A majority in the Church have a barren womb and are not spiritually reproducing; there are relatively few live births. Up to 90 percent of those who profess to be born again at large crusades and in local churches prove to be stillborn.

1 Samuel 1:9 So Hannah arose after they had finished eating and drinking in Shiloh. Now Eli the priest was sitting on the seat by the doorpost of the tabernacle of the Lord.10 And she was in bitterness of soul, and prayed to the Lord and wept in anguish.11 Then she made a vow and said, “O Lord of hosts, if You will indeed look on the affliction of Your maidservant and remember me, and not forget Your maidservant, but will give Your maidservant a male child, then I will give him to the Lord all the days of his life, and no razor shall come upon his head.”

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The true court-dress of a sinner.

“You have never failed in business; you have brought up your children well; you never swear; you were never a drunkard; midnight orgies never saw you mixed up in them; this is well, but I pray thee, put not on this as thy proper dress: the proper dress for a sinner to go to Christ in, is sackcloth and the rope. ‘Well,’ says one, ‘I never will acknowledge that I deserve to be damned!’ Then you never will be saved. ‘Well,’ says another, ‘I never will take the language of a great sinner upon my lips.’ Then you shall never be saved; for unless you are willing to confess that God may justly damn you, God will never save you; but if you feel in your heart to-night, that if he sends your soul to hell, his righteous law approves it well; if you wonder how it is that you are not in the pit, and marvel why such mercy should have been shown to you, come, brother, come; come as you are, for you wear the true court-dress of a sinner.” Charles Spurgeon 

1 Kings 20:31 Then his servants said to him, “Look now, we have heard that the kings of the house of Israel are merciful kings. Please, let us put sackcloth around our waists and ropes around our heads, and go out to the king of Israel; perhaps he will spare your life.”32 So they wore sackcloth around their waists and put ropes around their heads, and came to the king of Israel and said, “Your servant Ben-Hadad says, ‘Please let me live.’ ” And he said, “ Is he still alive? He is my brother.”33 Now the men were watching closely to see whether any sign of mercy would come from him; and they quickly grasped at this word and said, “Your brother Ben-Hadad.” So he said, “Go, bring him.” Then Ben-Hadad came out to him; and he had him come up into the chariot.

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Seek the Savior.

We must help the lost see their sin so that they can acknowledge their offense against a holy God. Only then will they seek the Savior.

“Everything God has done proves that He is in earnest about the salvation of men’s souls. He has proved it by giving His only Son to die for us. The Son of God was in earnest when He died. What is Calvary but a proof of that? And the Lord wants us to be in earnest when it comes to this great question of the soul’s salvation. I never saw men seeking Him with all their hearts but they soon found Him.” D. L. Moody

Hosea 5:15 I will return again to My place Till they acknowledge their offense. Then they will seek My face; In their affliction they will earnestly seek Me.”

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“Is open-air preaching for every Christian?”

Yes and no. Yes, if you desperately want to reach the world with the gospel. No, if you are not that desperate. Mark 16:15 is commonly called “the Great Commission,” and it tells us to “Go into all the world and preach the gospel to every creature.” The word “preach” means to “herald” with a raised voice. Not only did Jesus preach the gospel in the open air, but so did Paul, Stephen, Peter, Wesley, Whitefield, Spurgeon, and many others throughout Church history.

In fact, Charles Spurgeon, the Prince of Preachers, said, “No sort of defense is needed for preaching out-of-doors; but it would need very potent arguments to prove that a man had done his duty who has never preached beyond the walls of his meetinghouse.” John Wesley said, “What marvel the devil does not love field-preaching! Neither do I: I love a commodious room, a soft cushion, a handsome pulpit. But where is my zeal if I do not trample all these underfoot to save one more soul?”

When I witness one-to-one, I am excited that one person is listening to the words of everlasting life. In a good open air, I can witness one-to-two hundred. How much better it is to offer the cure to death and hell to two hundred than one dying sinner. I wish every Christian could say with the apostles, “We cannot but speak the things which we have seen and heard” (Acts 4:20), to a point where they would open-air preach to those unaware that they are on their way to hell.

Jonah 3:3 So Jonah arose and went to Nineveh, according to the word of the Lord. Now Nineveh was an exceedingly great city, a three-day journey in extent. 4 And Jonah began to enter the city on the first day’s walk. Then the cried out and said, “Yet forty days, and Nineveh shall be overthrown!”

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