CRE INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION 2015
AT THE EXCEL CENTRE, LONDON
AT THE EXCEL CENTRE, LONDON
Report on CRE Exhibition
By: Michael Hobbis
The annual CRE exhibition found Christian Watch at a new venue this year. Previously located at Sandown Park, we were now at the ExCel Exhibition Centre in London Docklands.
We will quickly pass over the new logistical problems in setting up our stand in ExCel, but suffice it to say, while we could leisurely unload from our vehicles at Sandown close to the Stand area, in this new location in London we were given just 15 minutes to unload and transport all our materials across the Exhibition – quite some way from the parking area – with the threat of financial penalties if we overstayed. The same conditions applied at the end of the show.
However, on a somewhat more positive note; once ensconced on our Stand, we were blessed with many opportunities to speak to visitors – although sadly not quite so many as is usual at Sandown.
Our theme of this year’s witness was separation from false teachers and their doctrines, but promoting ‘unity in the truth’; as opposed to ‘unity at the expense of truth’. The excellent booklet “They have forgotten…” by Ruth Palgrave was distributed freely and taken by many visitors. To support our witness there were pictorial banner displays of Jan Hus, Martin Luther and William Tyndale, with quotes and information, together with the Scripture text from 2 Cor. 6:17; ‘Come out from among them, and be ye separate, saith the Lord.’
These three Reformers which were depicted aroused a large amount of interest and were the catalyst for many useful conversations, particularly concerning Tyndale and Luther. Providentially B.V. Henry has, we were told, just written a book on these very same three Reformers and suggestions were made that perhaps we may wish to publish and distribute this work.
Some new members joined us and the contacts made will, we trust, by the grace of God, cause some to examine their own spiritual stand for Christ and His Truth and their position as regards the claims of Holy Scripture, in a day when many are forsaking the right path for a way of compromise with error.
Personally, I was surprised at how many visitors were unclear concerning the foundations of the Bible and the use of unsound versions of Holy Scripture. The excellency of the old King James Bible was explained and the shaky foundations upon which virtually all modern translations pointed out, but most seemed either uncaring or ignorant of these matters upon which they rest their hopes for eternity. There really is a need for sound bibliology and the superiority of the Authorised Bible to be taught in the churches.
Christian Watch has also been represented at the Royal Cornwall Show in Wadebridge 4th – 6th of June and at the Ardingly, South of England Show 11th- 13th of June.
We do praise Him for His great kindness in giving these opportunities to make known the truth of the Gospel and to serve Christ our Captain. ‘For His merciful kindness is great toward us: and the truth of the Lord endureth forever, Praise ye the Lord’ Psalm 117.