There are three things that basically all Christian youths I know of here in Sweden are aware of: Hillsong music, Shane Claiborne’s books, and Darren Wilson’s F-movie trilogy: Finger of God, Furious Love and Father of Lights. These charismatic documentaries are extremely popular among the kids I hang around with, I have seen them all and love them. Finger of God focused on amazing miracles like manna appearing from thin air and dead people being raised, Furious Love focused on exorcism and bringing the love of God to the darkest places, and Father of Lights focused on the heart and nature of the heavenly Father and how His supernatural actions bring people to faith in Him. Two days ago, Darren Wilson released a new documentary in the same style and format: Holy Ghost.
The concept is simple: no script, no plans, just going wherever the Spirit leads. Wilson and his team travels to the Mormons in Salt Lake City, the Hindus in Varenasi and the wealthy in Monte Carlo to see what the Holy Spirit will do. Without spoiling too much, I can reveal that you will witness some really crazy stuff – countless salvations, healings and prophetic foretellings. One of my favourite moments was when two street healing evangelists recieved tons of words of knowledge about a guy in Salt Lake City – sharp, specific bits of information concerning his problems – and he got healed from a ten-year-old injury as well!
The film discusses the nature, character and role of the Holy Spirit, cessationism and the Western split between the Word and the Spirit (which from a Swedish perspective is quite unusual, here the split is rather between Christians who believe in both the Word and the Spirit and Christians who believe in neither), and how Christian culture and art must be less cowardly and dare to be real and wild. One of the most memorable parts of the film is when the documentary crew follows Head and Fieldy from the metal band Korn together with street healing evangelist Todd White, as they pray for people who are entering the Korn concert.
The movie is, in my opinion, very similar to Father of Lights; even if Holy Ghost and its coming sequel(s) is presented as a separate franchise the format and style is very recognizable, and there is even a subtle reference to the famous Dome of the Rock sequence in the previous film. This is just good, since I think Father of Lights is an awesome film that has contributed a lot to the Kingdom of God. When it had been released I was worried about how Wanderlust (Wilson’s production company) would handle all the influence and money they had gained – what movies could top documentaries about what God is doing? The fact that they’re now continuing to do what they know best, with the added thrill of not doing any planning but just being led by God, is very satisfying.
As you understand, I really recommend this film! It isn’t flawless – the descriptions of Hinduism is a bit biased, and some parts where it’s very noisy some added subtitles wouldn’t hurt for us non-native English speakers – but these minor issues cannot hide the fact that the movie is a unique description about the Holy Spirit that combines good theology with amazing footage from the field around the world, and it easily gets nine out of ten firedoves:
Oh, and best parts is: you can watch it for free on Bethel TV for another four hours!