The Voice Contestant Luke Biscan Speaks to Us About Growing Up in a "Cult"
Luke Biscan from The Voice grew up in a Revivalist Christian church, one which some have dubbed a "cult".
His late father, Mike, founding member of rock band, Goanna, was invited to one of the church's meetings by a woman working at a music store in the late 1970s in Geelong. Mike, described by Luke as a "long-haired hippie", soon converted to the faith.
Within two years, Mike uprooted his life with his partner, Luke's mother, to Bristol, UK, where he had been asked to minister to some new adherents of the faith. "They embarked on this kind of grand voyage over to the UK to save Bristol essentially," Luke says. That's where Luke was born, growing up with his sisters and other members of his church community.
It was a strict church, one steeped in a belief in the Holy Spirit, and of itself as the "one true church". Music was a big part of church meetings on Wednesday and Saturday nights, and all-day Sunday. Luke spells out the way the meetings would play out: the congregation would sing, with Luke's mum playing the accordion; people would give their testimony about how they came to join the group; and everyone would pray, including speaking in tongues.
"The evidence that you were filled with the Holy Ghost is that you would be given the gift of speaking in tongues. We'd spend 20 minutes praying in tongues, and then the meeting would finish."