Listening to preachers you might conclude that God is either ready to beat you up over your behavior, or over indulgent about anything you are doing. The Truth is somewhere in the middle and related to your willingness to obey Him.
Everyone starts at the point of salvation – forgiveness first, then repentance which means literally “change your mind” and then believing the gift of God and allowing Him access to the rest of your life. Then your status changes – you become a disciple.
Here is the scripture: John 8:31-32
31 Then said Jesus to those Jews which believed on him, If ye continue in my word, then are ye my disciples indeed; 32 And ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
So here is the progression:
continue in my word means God’s word, the Bible, not the word of man, or churches or TV evangelists, or professors, or politicians. This can take years.
If you do that, then
are ye my disciples indeed.
In deed not just talk but real results.
Finally, if you meet those conditions,
ye shall know the truth, and the truth shall make you free.
When God keeps information from you, most probably you still do not know His word. You will continue in semi information and ignorance until you return to His word in all matters.
That is why we make sure all new believers use the Bible first.