The Plain Truth
The Plain Truth, a former free of charge monthly magazine, was first published in 1934 by Herbert W. Armstrong, founder of The Radio Church of God, which he 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. The magazine's meesages often centered on the controversial doctrine of British Israelism, the belief that the early inhabitants of the British Isles, and hence their descendants, were actually descendants of the Ten Lost Tribes of Israel.
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 positions closer to those of mainstream Protestantism.
The Plain Truth magazine as founded by H. W. Armstrong is no longer in print, however, two legally unrelated (either to each other or the original group) organizations currently publish a magazine under the same name, one in the UK and one in the United States.