We welcome you as a reader to the most important magazine you will ever read!
The Real Truth is a truly unique publication. You will never read another like it. It answers the big questions in life, those that few others seem willing to address. It will soon fill a vacuum—a dimension missing from today's world.
Actually, this magazine is the revival of The Plain Truth magazine, started by then editor-in-chief, Herbert W. Armstrong, in 1934. Over the next 52 years, until his death in 1986, the circulation of The Plain Truth magazine slowly grew to 8.2 million monthly subscribers, with an estimated 25 million readers worldwide!
How was this possible? Let me tell you the story—because it is really the story behind The Real Truth magazine.
God called Mr. Armstrong in the spring of 1926. He was forced to disprove evolution, while at the same time prove absolutely the existence of God. This took him a period of six months of intensive study. Over the next several years, God revealed to Mr. Armstrong truly unique understanding. He slowly began to see, from the Bible, that God was working out a great purpose on earth. He learned that God’s Plan had been foretold long ago on the pages of a book that most people own, but rarely or never read. As a result, the world was in complete ignorance of that Plan.
The idea of a fledgling magazine was born in Mr. Armstrong’s mind. He understood that a hard-hitting monthly magazine, coupled with The World Tomorrow radio program, was necessary to reveal the Plain Truth—the Real Truth—behind what the media reported. Newspapers, radio and, later, television, only reported WHAT is happening without explaining WHY. He recognized that mankind does not know the solutions to civilization’s greatest problems, troubles, evils and ills—and that those solutions were found in the Bible. He also understood that modern religion had utterly failed in explaining the real purpose of life.
Technology has come a long way since then. Today, even desktop publishing capability is dazzling. This was not the case in 1934. Mr. Armstrong began the first issue of The Plain Truth, in February of that year, by using a hand-cranked mimeograph machine to print 250 copies for the first tiny subscription list. From the outset, the magazine explained the real meaning of world news and events. It addressed the biggest, most perplexing problems facing mankind—head-on!
Subscribers saw this, and the readership steadily grew, month after month, and then year after year. By the time of Mr. Armstrong’s death, The Plain Truth was read in seven languages—in all countries of the world. It was the single largest, multi-language religious publication—by far—in the world. Its circulation may have only been exceeded by Reader’s Digest.
The Real Truth magazine is also starting small—but not nearly as small or primitive as were the early issues of The Plain Truth. Because Mr. Armstrong paved the way with that truly extraordinary magazine, the editors, writers, researchers, artists, technicians and others producing this magazine have an enormous advantage. Of course, technology also assists us greatly. Nevertheless, our subscription list is not 8.2 million at the start. But we expect to grow like the proverbial grain of mustard seed. We are already advertising the magazine on the streets of many major cities around the world.
So grow we shall!
We have one other important advantage, available to all those of the 21st century. This magazine will be accessible to all countries on earth—instantly! (Our other website, already the largest biblically based website in the world, is reaching over 150 nations.) The modern marvel of the Internet makes both The Real Truth and our program—The World to Come—available around the world.
Mr. Armstrong understood Christ’s instruction, “Freely you have received, freely give,” so he understood that he must offer the magazine free of charge. He also determined to never accept advertising so that the powerful impact of its content was neither diminished in size nor diluted in purpose and impact. In the early years of its production, there was not always enough income to produce each regular monthly issue. Sometimes it had to be tabled until sufficient funds from donors and co-workers made it possible to purchase the necessary postage to send it freely. The Internet ensures that hundreds of thousands—indeed, millions—can always read this magazine (or hear our program) immediately and on time—or at any time of their choosing, wherever they are in the world!
Mr. Armstrong also understood the vital need to produce a truly high-quality magazine. He knew that articles had to reflect in-depth analysis and explanation in a way that no other publication on earth would—or could—do. He demanded high standards of quality—real excellence—in every aspect of the magazine, and so shall we.
The Plain Truth was never a political magazine—and never a typical religious magazine. Neither is The Real Truth. The Plain Truth spoke out at a level above politics—unlike the endless columnists, commentators, reporters and political analysts of this world who look to humanly-devised solutions. It dared to speak with boldness and clarity about the ONLY SOLUTIONS to what are now insoluble problems plaguing humanity, and explained that those solutions will come.
So will The Real Truth.
Man’s governments and political solutions, like mainstream religion, have also utterly failed to do anything but make humanity’s problems worse. Invariably, man’s solutions seem to eventually generate more and greater problems.
The Real Truth magazine will not offer opinions, suppositions or assumptions. It will bring facts, evidence and proof of those issues about which it speaks. We speak from a position of authority, and never apologize for it.
Of course, some people do not want the facts. They actually prefer cherished suppositions in place of correct understanding. The Real Truth will offer you correct understanding—explanations you have never seen before. It will bring you confident assurance that you are looking at social trends, world conditions, current events and burning issues from the only RIGHT perspective.
The tradition of the high standard of excellence, which The Plain Truth achieved, brought it before presidents, prime ministers and kings. Brilliant professors, accomplished scientists, skilled musicians, great athletes, captains of industry and other leaders in every walk of life read it. But, it was read and appreciated in far more cases by the common man—teachers, bricklayers, salesmen, secretaries, housewives, clerks, farmers, factory workers, truck drivers, construction workers, and many others.
It changed lives. It brought hope. It explained the BIGGER VIEW in a world where most are completely blind to the causes behind all the bad effects billions of people witness every day.
The Real Truth will also bring hope and a vision of the big picture. While you may not yet recognize this, you will come to see that this magazine is truly different, in almost every way.
It has become distressingly evident that this world is in terrible trouble. Time is running out for mankind to stop war, terrorism, famine, disease, pollution, poverty, ignorance, religious confusion, rampant immorality, breakdown of the family and other growing problems that threaten civilization.
Almost none are willing to speak up—or OUT—about these problems. They will not cry aloud, pulling no punches about everyday problems that normal human beings face.
The writers of The Real Truth and I, as the voice of The World to Come, will do this! We will not hold back the answers you need in order to find the way to peace, happiness, abundance and true security, amidst the short-term gloom that lies ahead for this world!
We will have articles explaining the cause of war, what’s wrong with the weather, can science eradicate pollution, the meaning of events in Europe, why earthquakes are increasing, the complete failure of science to bring the utopian world that all long for, how racial bigotry will eventually disappear, what lies ahead for America and Britain, where the world economy is going, the value of right ethics—and the definition of true character, the real cause of the moral crisis in the West, what’s wrong with modern education, why so many seek escape and pleasure, why there is abortion, cloning and alternative lifestyles, and the definition of true success.
We will explain the world’s lack of great leaders—and what will replace them, and how peace will come in our time, how to build strong families—rearing happy productive children, how to end your financial worries, why new diseases are appearing and older ones are re-appearing—stronger than before, and whether the United Nations is really mankind’s ultimate answer.
We are also not afraid to speak out about what is wrong with modern religion. We will explain why there are thousands of differing—and disagreeing—forms of Christianity, the real origin of man’s supposed “Christian” holidays, why religion cannot explain or solve a single one of the world’s great problems, how to understand real faith, how to identify the real Christ of the Bible, the way of “give” vs. “get,” the origin of human nature, principles of healthful living, how to identify God’s true Church, and many, many other related subjects.
These articles and other regular features will not just describe the effects of today’s problems. There is already too much of that, and it leaves people uncertain, confused, fearful and depressed, because they see NO WAY OUT! They will identify the causes—why things happen as they do, revealing the true purpose for this life.
Be sure to read every article carefully. Search out the facts of what we say. I also urge you to follow up on the links within articles on The Real Truth website. They lead to the vast amount of other literature and materials that we offer—which are rapidly expanding. (It will take you some time to appreciate the sheer vastness of what you can now access.) After doing this, only be willing to believe us if you see proof. We offer you plain, clear TRUTH, made understandable to any with an open mind.
You cannot afford to miss a single issue. And be sure to check the website regularly for other news and updates to be posted when events dictate that we do so. We will keep you abreast, on the cutting edge, of what is happening in a world where huge, cataclysmic changes lie just over the horizon! But, unlike Mr. Armstrong, we no longer have 52 years to make clear what must be said. Strive to keep up with what is being offered to you.
On a final note: After Mr. Armstrong’s death, his successors began to alter and dismantle The Plain Truth, eventually selling subscriptions to a mere few thousand people who still wanted it in its new form.
This meant that someone had to restart—restore—The Plain Truth magazine. Decades of experience trained me for the task that lies ahead. From the time I married Mr. Armstrong’s secretary in 1971, circumstances allowed me to grow close to him and to learn from him personally for a period of almost 15 years. This prepared me to carry on in his absence, and to restore the plain understanding of that wonderful magazine.
While we cannot bring back the original Plain Truth magazine, you are reading its replacement, its only true extension (after a nearly 17-year gap), identical in style, impact—and MESSAGE!