The Plain Truth
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The Plain Truth, a free of charge monthly magazine was first published in 1934 by Herbert W Armstrong, founder of The Radio Church of God; later named The Worldwide Church of God. The magazine gradually developed into an international, free of charge news magazine, sponsored by the WCG Church membership.
By 1986, The Plain Truth was published in seven languages. The magazine's monthly circulation was roughly 8.2 million; in contrast, Time magazine's 1986 monthly circulation was 5.9 million.
After Armstrong's death in 1986, new WCG leadership sought to change the core principles of WCG Church doctrine, quashed publication of Armstrong's writings, sold off most of the church's holdings and began offering magazine subscriptions for sale; WCG leadership eventually changed the name of the organization and embraced protestantism.
The Plain Truth magazine is no longer in print. Two unrelated organizations currently publish a magazine under the same name: one in the UK and one in the United States.