As a child, Neil was physically abused by his own father and sexually abused by a father figure in his neighborhood. He was then abandoned by his dad at an early age which caused him to feel very angry at him. The rage he had for his dad turned him into a dad that he hated so much.
He became an alcoholic, drug addict and abusive father. He was so fed up with his anger with his dad that it became his barrier with God. But as time passed by, God showed his love for him slowly.
Who he is now is truly a testimony!
Source: The Official 700 Club