Before Noah's flood, the gospel was known by all people on the earth despite the fact that, from the beginning, the majority would not live it.
Adam knew all of his children. Adam was personally acquainted with God and his gospel, and he taught it to his children. From that point until the flood, every man born on this earth had access to a living eye witness of God. Someone who had not only talked to God, but who had seen him face to face.
After the flood, the population of mankind dispersed and increased enough that this was no longer the case. Still, the records that were written by the eye witnesses were sufficient to demonstrate to the misguided that there were greater blessings available to those who were willing to let go of their traditions and seek God directly.
Abraham is the quintessential example of this pattern. Abraham was raised in a religion consisting of the commandments of God mixed with the inventions of men. Having lived what was offered from his fathers, he gained access to and read the accounts from the fathers. He noticed that there was a stark difference between their experiences and his experiences, and he concluded there was something better out there. He turned away from his family, his religion, and his hometown, and turned towards the God of Adam, Seth, Enoch, and Noah.
Today, hundreds of millions of Christians are mired down by a religion that is incapable of bringing them the experiences they read about in scripture. Though the Bible contains everything one needs to come to God, its literal interpretation has been prevented by the thick traditions of men, blinding genuine believers from seeing the path God has provided to encounter his fullness.
For a reason I do not understand, almost every Christian I know subscribes to organized religion. They pay some man or men to teach them religion that is supposedly Christianity. Without fail, these preachers fail to obtain in their congregations the fullness of miracles and power of God as described in scripture. Yet, the Lord Jesus said that "Very truly I tell you, whoever believes in me will do the works I have been doing, and they will do even greater things than these, because I am going to the Father." (John 14:12) Without fail, these preachers have failed to obtain the miracles and power themselves. They are the blind leading the blind (see Matthew 15:14). When is the last time your pastor/prophet/priest responded to a prayer request by instantly healing the individual? When was the last time your pastor/prophet/priest raised the dead? Have they done anything greater than that? Have you?
This watered down drivel offered as "Christianity" is not only insufficient to connect believers with God, but it is a key reason that so few non-believers find the gospel attractive. As Paul said, "God's name is blasphemed among the Gentiles because of you." (Romans 2:24, NIV) In other words, our unconverted lives both fail to give non-believers a reason to believe and give them plenty of reasons not to believe. It is time to grow up and start living what we proclaim.
If there is any need for true teachers of God, it is to guide us to God's word in spite of the clouds of darkness provided by the false traditions of men. How should we identify such teachers? Only a fool would take as his teacher someone who has not yet mastered the material. Joseph of Egypt was chosen as Pharaoh's confidant because of his demonstration of achievement with God. "And Pharaoh said unto his servants, Can we find such a one as this is, a man in whom the Spirit of God is?" (Genesis 41:38) Why are we taking for ourselves religious teachers who have not yet had the experiences we seek, as if they will somehow be able to teach us a process that they themselves have not figured out? It is utter foolishness.
We live in the last days. What stands between us and our destiny is a) total repentance to the portion of God's word that we know of, b) seeking more of God's word and living it, and c) by doing so, attaining a daily hearing/seeing relationship with God.
Here is how to start that journey:
1. Humble yourself to the dust before God.
2. Recognize that you know nothing.
3. Ask him in all humble sincerity to show you the way to him.
4. Be willing to do whatever he asks you to do, and to let go of everything you think you know.
5. Stop wasting your time and money on pastors/prophets/priests who promise you eternal life, but don't yet have it themselves. Go to God directly. Find him in prayer. Find him in scripture.
The day is fast approaching when "the earth shall be filled with the knowledge of the glory of the LORD, as the waters cover the sea." (Habakkuk 2:14) God has set his hand to do exactly this. He is clearing the record by 1) destroying churches that lead men astray, and 2) flooding the earth with light through the few true believers who humbly seek him. In a day soon to come, we will see the fulfillment of Isaiah 52:8: "Thy watchmen shall lift up the voice; with the voice together shall they sing: for they shall see eye to eye, when the LORD shall bring again Zion." (Isaiah 52:8) This process will take time and there will be a great falling away first, but it will happen.