About

Our Mission:

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.

CWR/PTM communicates its message electronically and in print, in its magazines, books and booklets, audio CDs, letters, radio, email and on the Internet.


We Believe

Plain Truth Ministries Statement of Faith:

  • God
    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 us as a supreme expression of God’s love, 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 revelation of God, the foundation of truth, the record of God’s revelation to humanity.
  • Salvation
    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 universal body of Christ and the spiritual unity of believers in our Lord Jesus Christ.

Frequently Asked Questions:

No. We partner with and provide resources to other ministries as well as small groups and individual congregations. But we are not dependent on any other ministry or church.

The majority 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.

Greg Albrecht is president of Plain Truth Ministries, teaching via the weekly Christianity Without the Religion (CWRa), and serves as an editor of our two magazines.

Greg was born in Kansas and grew up in Texas and California. He received his BA in theology and pastored churches in England, later serving as a college professor and administrator in California. Greg holds an MA in biblical studies from Azusa Pacific University.

He is author of nine books:  Bad New Religion, Revelation Revolution, Between Religious Rocks & Life’s Hard Places, Unplugging from Religion…Connecting with God, Spiritual Soup for the Hungry Soul (volumes 1, 2 and 3), Rejecting Religion…Embracing Grace and A Taste of Grace

Greg lives in Southern California with his wife Karen. They are proud parents of two married children, and love to spend time with their five grandchildren.

  Greg Albrecht    Greg and Karen

 

The Albrecht Clan

Dr. Bradley Jersak is an author, editor, speaker and teacher based in Abbotsford, British Columbia. Brad received a Ph.D. from Bangor University (Wales). He is head of the department of New Testament Patristics at Westminster Theological Centre (UK), senior editor at CWR Press and the editor-in-chief of CWR Magazine. Brad’s work is dedicated to sharing the good news that God is love and that God’s love was shown to us perfectly in Jesus of Nazareth.

 

Brad is the author of several books, including Her Gates Will Never Be Shut, Can You Hear Me Now? and the highly acclaimed, award winning A More Christlike God published by CWR Press.  He is working on his first novel The Great Descent which CWR Press plans to publish in 2018.

  Brad Jersak    Brad and Eden

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.

Board of directors – left to right:  Greg Albrecht, Monte Wolverton, Michael North, Laura Urista, Brad Jersak, Ed Dunn, Michael Peterson.

In the city of Duarte, California.

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.

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”.  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.

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 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, but it can turn into the nasty, malicious monster of fundamentalism.

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.

He is part of PTM’s history, as he founded The 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, The 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!