Singer Guy Sebastian speaks about his intense religious past

Like a number of people, Australian singer Guy Sebastian was raised in a religious family, but he admits its influence

Like a number of people, Australian singer Guy Sebastian was raised in a religious family, but he admits its influence has waned over the years.

He reveals just how intense his religious background is in an interview with the Daily Telegraph.

“I was in something that was very manipulative and very controlling, but there are a lot of beautiful people who are in the faith,” Sebastian says of the Assemblies of God church in Adelaide that he was a part of.

“For me I was in a scenario that … didn’t necessarily embrace individuality. It became very much about a set of rules and you’re judged on that. If anybody broke away from it, or questioned it, then you had a ‘bad attitude’ or were ‘drifting away’ or ‘not worthy’.”

Sebastian is set to release a new soul-pop album Part 1 EP on which a new song ‘Conscious’ exposes his sheltered, religious upbringing.

“It’s okay to ask questions and go through you own journey,” Sebastian says about the “awakening” he experienced.

Did you have a religious upbringing? Has faith influenced the person you are today? Talk about it with us.

  1. Barbara Sands  

    What a shame looking back on Guy’s

    association with a particular church he saw it as a legalistic church with all the don’ts and not the dos. Jesus said Do unto others as you would want them to do unto you. Other teachers said, Don’t do unto others as you would not like them to do to you. Christianity is a doing faith. Doing good, being of service, caring for the unlovely. I remember hearing a minister talking about a church he was to be a pastor of and when he went into the church saw on the wall at the front where everyone would see every time they were in church was the 10 commandments, He said to the people, “Cover them up and put up a cross. So the people can see we are forgiven and come he by the grace of God not by keeping the rules”. When you know that and love Jesus for what he has done for you, then you will try and keep his rules and fail again and again but go on trying because you love him and not because it is rammed down you neck.

    • Shirley  

      Beautifully said. May God continually bless you each and every day.

  2. Renee Patterson  

    Yes, the Christian church may well be filled with good people, but my own personal experiences have been with those who say the words but do not live by them. Such a lot of hypocrisy! Incredibly sad really, especially when it also involves a close family member, an Anglican priest, who may well be the most judgmental, critical and unforgiving person I have ever known. Hurtful to the extreme. Enough said. I cannot blame anyone for turning away from religion for just those reasons.

    • Dannielle Theurer  

      Indeed yes I agree. I have had similar attacks form the Anglican church. I was attacked by a priest who called me bipolar as I needed some confort due to severe workplace bullying. Him and his wife told me where to go. They humiliated me for needing some friendship . It talks about this in the bible. Wolves dressed in sheeps clothing. Many churches are full of people like this. I even had a youth minister try to steal from me. All this being said it isn’t God that has performed this bad behaviour. He told me in everything you do stay focussed on me. Genuine people do exist in churches. Just hard to find them.

    • Renee

      I totally agree with you When I was married my husband could repeat the bible from the front to the back, that is fine except for one thing his action did not match what he was saying or reading. so that is why our marriage broke down.

  3. rikda  

    What the authorities did to Detective Chief Inspector Peter Fox over his investigations of child molestation & pedophilia in the Hunter Valley, indicated to anyone with a semblance of logic that religion is a racket & a sinister assembly hiding behind the various faiths.
    From the premier down, he was vilified & exiled & not a damn thing has changed.
    How long has this RC been going on & it gets a couple of paragraphs every now & again.
    What does that tell you.
    “If you’re not part of the solution, then you are part of the problem”
    Those men are creepy.

  4. GregA  

    Religion is indeed a curiosity. It seems that Sciemtology is a ” religion” according the the High Court (they must have been high on something to come up with that judgment). Oh, hang on, religions are exempt from taxation, perhaps and maybe that was why the case was proceeded with!

  5. Jenny  

    Science proves theres no man in the sky , wake up.

    • Mark Bernard  

      Can you provide the sources of academic peer reviewed articles that have conclusively proved that God does not exist?

  6. Kay  

    All religious people are hypocrites.

    • Anna  

      You’re right… if they weren’t, they’d be perfect and didnt need Jesus. We’re all hypocrites ☺, including me and you. Christians are never perfect. But they walk a different road. A road of love, and repentance when doing wrong, of forgiveness. If they dont, I’d question their statement that they are ‘Christian’.
      BTW… God has given all of us free choice… so, to be fair, how can we make Him responsible for our human willful actions?

    • Mark Bernard  

      And you personally know every single Religious person that exists on planet earth?

  7. Lyn Dalby  

    There is such a big difference to being ‘religeous’ and being a ‘christian’.

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