About Us—What is PTM?
Plain Truth Ministries proclaims authentic Christianity without the religion. Our work is Christ-centered, giving hope to those burned out by legalistic religion.
Check out the articles in the latest edition of Plain Truth Magazine.
"The God of the Damned —Do You Need a Beating?" by Brad Jersak: People often interpret their experience of being judged, discriminated against and excluded…as synonymous with punishment and rejection by God. The Bible, then, is viewed as the law by which God and his law-enforcement agents judge the world. The Scriptures are often feared and avoided for the "Bad News" they are expected to contain, rather than welcomed as words of comfort.
See more articles in the latest edition of Plain Truth Magazine.
Silenced! —Religious discrimination against women. by Sheila Graham: My childhood was a happy one, with loving parents and an egalitarian father who was proud of his daughters... So I grew up fearless, believing I could do about anything I chose to do in life... As it turned out, I learned not all was open to me as a woman.
In the Summer edition of Plain Truth magazine...
"The War to End All Wars" (1914-1918)—Was It for This the Clay Grew Tall? by Brad Jersak: As we reflect on this "war to end all wars," a familiar cycle emerges: optimism, tragedy, disillusionment and decline. We might clue into the important role of disillusionment… toppling our idolatrous illusions and calling us to a greater, more blessed hope.
Plain Truth Ministries proclaims authentic Christianity without the religion.
Our work is Christ-centered, based on God's amazing grace, giving hope to those burned out by legalistic religion.
PTM communicates its message electronically and in print, in its magazines, books and booklets, audio cassettes, CDs, letters, radio, pod-casts, email and on the Internet.
PTM is a member of the Evangelical Press Association (EPA).
Plain Truth Ministries Statement of Faith:
We believe in one eternal, triune God in three co-essential, yet distinct Persons: Father, Son and Holy Spirit.
- Jesus Christ
We believe in the Lord Jesus Christ, begotten of the Holy Spirit, born of the Virgin Mary, fully God and fully human, the Son of God and Lord of all, worthy of worship, honor and reverence, who died for our sins, was raised bodily from the dead, ascended to heaven and will come again as King of kings.
- The Holy Scriptures
We believe that the Bible constitutes the divinely inspired written word of God, the foundation of truth, the fully reliable record of God's revelation to humanity.
We believe that human salvation is the gift of God, by grace through faith in Jesus Christ, not earned by personal merit or good works.
- The Church
We believe in the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.
What We Do
Join Greg Albrecht, President of Plain Truth Ministries, at www.ptm.org for a new and revolutionary kind of church service. In our half-hour service, you'll find the freedom of authentic, pure and genuine Christianity — Christianity without walls or denominational barriers — Christianity without humanly imposed rules, rituals and regulations. In short, you'll find Christianity Without the Religion — a fresh, new approach to weekly worship. Available at www.ptm.org 24 hours a day, with a new service posted every Sunday morning.
A bold, uncompromising and revolutionary Christ-centered magazine. In the pages of the PT you will discover authentic Christianity without all the religious "stuff." Go to Plain Truth magazine online.
Hosted by Greg Albrecht, daily Plain Truth radio is a half-hour program available 24 hours a day on our website at www.ptm.org. Plain Truth radio is Christian radio with a difference. Greg's powerful and personal delivery on vital topics helps listeners deal with the day-to-day issues that face them. Many programs and topics are available on audio cassette or CD—see our resource listing or website for a selection.
Wherever you may be in this world, every week in your email box you can receive an update from PTM — bringing you reminders and updates, as well as our CWR Bible Survey. Just sign up on our PTM eUpdate web page.
Choose from an array of inspiring videos on a wide range topics dealing with the Christian life.
If you are a new student of the Bible, feeling a little intimidated and overwhelmed by the task of reading and studying this incredible collection of 66 books that we call the Bible., this study series is for you! And even if you have read and studied the Bible for 50 years, we think that you will learn and profit from the CWR Bible Survey! We believe the CWR Bible Survey will not only be fascinating, but it will help you to better know the true Word of God, Jesus Christ.
Free Booklets and Literature
PTM offers an extensive assortment of booklets and reprinted articles to help with relevant questions and issues about God's grace, as opposed to religious legalism. Our eight-booklet series, Journey to Faith is a great resource for new Christians. You'll find other resources on prayer, personal finances, forgiveness, overcoming worries, dealing with grief and loss, recovery from cultic teaching, basic Christianity and many more! Call toll-free 1-800-309-4466.
PTM Website: www.ptm.org
There's always something new happening on our website!
- Join us for worship anytime at Christianity Without the Religion. A new service every week.
- Read the PTM eUpdate online — a new issue every week.
- Browse current and back articles from Plain Truth magazine.
- Listen to Plain Truth radio—available 24 hours a day.
- Explore our Q&A section — Ask Greg — with over 1,200 questions and answers about hundreds of topics — faith, religion, the Bible and Christianity.
- Order PTM resources.
Books by Greg Albrecht
A Taste of Grace —A Taste of Grace is an easy-to-read page-turning exploration of God's amazing grace, demonstrated and illustrated by the teachings of Jesus.
A Taste of Grace reveals God's grace as irreconcilably opposed to the core values and beliefs of institutionalized religion.
A Taste of Grace reveals God's grace to be an absurd and foolish sentiment that doesn't add up to the human mind.
Rejecting Religion—Embracing Grace —Join Greg Albrecht as he examines what Jesus has to say about the kingdom of religion, through an eye-opening study of Jesus' sermon in Matthew 23. Jesus uses words like woe, hypocrites, blind, greedy, self-indulgent, unclean, desolate, hell and snakes to describe the religious industry, its professionals and the consequences it brings into the lives of those it "serves." But the kingdom of heaven, in stark contrast to the oppressive kingdom of religion, is a spiritual dimension of freedom and peace. Rejecting Religion—Embracing Grace affirms the ultimate victory of God's grace—even as the relentless waves of his grace will eventually erode and cover the shifting sands of religion like the waters cover the sea.
Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul —Greg's fifth book is a collection of 48 carefully selected messages Greg has previously given at Christianity Without the Religion. With nearly 400 compelling and inspiring pages, this is the most substantial of Greg’s books to date, so while you may be tempted to read it all at once—we recommend reading a little at a time. Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul makes a great devotional or a companion to other studies and resources you may use as you journey through the year.
Unplugging From Religion...Connecting With God —Get ready to know God who loves you more than you have ever imagined!
Get ready to discover how you can break free from religious shackles and embrace God's unconditional no-matter-what love for you.
Between Religious Rocks and Life's Hard Places—101 Answers to Tough Questions About What You Believe. Greg answers 101 questions about Christianity and the Bible. From prayer to prophecy, from sin to salvation, from tithing to the Trinity—you'll come away from this book equipped with the tools and methodology to face life's spiritual issues grounded in God's grace.
Revelation Revolution—the Overlooked Message of the Apocalypse —is a revolution in the way that many have been trained and taught to think about biblical prophecy. Revelation Revolution is a grace-based, Christ-centered exploration of the biblical book of Revelation. Join many others in beginning to understand what the Bible's most misunderstood book really means.
Bad News Religion—the Virus That Attacks God's Grace. A guide to the most dangerous spiritual virus of the 21st century—the deadly virus of religious legalism—the idea that you can do something that will make God more pleased with you. Bad News Religion shows you how to spot legalism and tells how to identify healthy, Christ-centered, grace-based Christianity.
All seven of these life-changing books are available through Plain Truth Ministries.
Frequently Asked Questions:
Q. Is Plain Truth Ministries (PTM) financed by or affiliated with a church or denomination?
A. No. We partner with and provide resources to other ministries and well as small groups and individual congregations. But we are not dependent on any other ministry or church.
Q. How is PTM financed?
A. About 95% of our support is from the generous contributions of our dedicated Friends and Partners. The remainder of our income is derived from resource sales and miscellaneous income. PTM is a 501(c)(3) charity, registered with the IRS. Contributions to PTM are tax-deductible in the U.S.
Q. Who is Greg Albrecht?
A. Greg Albrecht is president and CEO of Plain Truth Ministries, teaches at PTM's online church, Christianity Without the Religion, and Editor of the Plain Truth magazine. You can read a short biography by clicking here.
Q. How is PTM governed?
A. As a nonprofit corporation, PTM is governed by a board of directors. PTM's operations are conducted by a small staff, directed by president Greg Albrecht.
Q. The title of your weekly online worship service – and the tagline on Plain Truth magazine – is Christianity Without the Religion. Isn't Christianity a religion? Just what do you mean by religion?
A. Religion can be defined in various ways, but its popular connotation is any system of practice and observance intended to make people more acceptable to God. By that definition, authentic Christianity is not a religion – because authentic Christianity is not about human effort that enhances our standing with God, but about what God has done for us.
Q. Where are your offices?
A. In the city of Duarte, California.
Q. What radio stations are you on?
A. Plain Truth ministries has chosen to put its resources into the Internet, where Christianity Without the Religion (our worldwide online church) and Plain Truth radio are available 24 hours a day, 7 days a week around the world. Some PTM Partners and groups of our supporters choose to sponsor our programs on local stations. Other stations run our programs free of charge, but as this varies from week to week, we have no set listing of stations.
Q. Is PTM connected with the late evangelist Herbert Armstrong?
A. He is part of PTM's history, as he founded Plain Truth magazine in 1934. Although Armstrong was a popular religious broadcaster for many years, his doctrines were deeply flawed. After his death in 1986, Plain Truth magazine and its parent organization, Worldwide Church of God, underwent significant doctrinal reform, abandoning Armstrong's flawed teachings and embracing the good news of the gospel of grace. Plain Truth Ministries was formed in 1996 and has published the new Plain Truth magazine since that time. PTM is no longer involved or affiliated with the Worldwide Church of God (itself renamed Grace Communion International). Our former history of legalistic oppression motivates PTM to warn against religious legalism, to teach sound Christian doctrine and to boldly proclaim God's amazing grace!
Q. The word "religion" seems to get slammed by PTM. Doesn't James 1:27 say, "Pure religion and undefiled before God and the Father is this, to visit the fatherless and widows in their affliction, and to keep himself unspotted from the world." This seems to say that religion isn't necessarily bad!
A. James 1:27 tells us about pure and undefiled religion– implying that there is such a thing as impure and defiled religion. So not all religion is good. The idea behind many words changes over time. Religion is such a word. Religion can be used as a term for any kind of belief or faith in God. Religion thus may refer to Christianity, Islam, Judaism, Hinduism, etc. Many secular individuals dismiss all religion as useless, as an emotional crutch that some people seem to need to make it through the day.
However, there is another meaning attached to the word "religion" today to which The New Testament is absolutely opposed. The popular, common denominator of religion is the idea that humans must do, perform and produce works, deeds, virtues or behaviors as stipulated by rituals, rites and regulations. The idea is that having performed ceremonies, having followed religious prescriptions, priests, pills and potions, then God is more pleased with humans than he otherwise would have been. This is the fundamental difference between biblical Christianity and religion in general (whether it be a non-Christian religion, or a practice which claims to be Christian). The gospel of Jesus Christ insists that God does for us what we cannot do for ourselves. We are, according to the gospel, incapable of pleasing and appeasing God on the basis of our works. That is the definition of religion that PTM uses– and opposes, for it is the enemy of the gospel.
Q. Could you please differentiate between legalism and fundamentalism in an easy to understand definition? I think I understand for the most part. Is there an overlap in their definitions or are they two totally different entities? Thank you very much and I also thank Plain Truth Ministries for all it offers.A. Thanks for your question— responding to it might serve to sharpen my thinking. Legalism is the religious viewpoint that proposes that our performance of deeds enhances our relationship with God. Legalism can lead one to fundamentalism. Legalism is the virus (somewhat like HIV) that leads to the full blown toxic condition of fundamentalism (somewhat like AIDS). Fundamentalism is the religious viewpoint that proposes that its teachings and practices are the one and only true religion. Fundamentalism is an environment in which legalism thrives. Fundamentalism is the organized religious/political movement that gives birth to sects, cults, exclusivist parties, groups and denominations. Fundamentalism is fueled by legalism. Thus, it would seem that all fundamentalists are legalists, but not all legalists are fundamentalists. The self-love of legalism, the glorification of human performance as something with which God is supposedly well pleased, can eventually turn into the monster of fundamentalism, which not only is about self-love, but now is adversarial, demonizing those who do not agree, eventuating in hatred, bigotry, and war. Legalism can seem harmless, in which those who are infected begin to focus on religious pills, potions, prescriptions and priests as their saviors— but it can turn into the nasty, malicious monster of fundamentalism. Our cover story, in the July-August 2007 Plain Truth, was titled "The Gathering Storm of Fundamentalism" —it might provide further insights.