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Movie Review: Holy Ghost

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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:

9 firedoves

Oh, and best parts is: you can watch it for free on Bethel TV for another four hours!

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8 Comments

  1. John Gibson says:

    thanks for your movie review. I saw the movie and really enjoyed it. I have always believed in healing miracles, but have not witnessed any definitive ones myself. I was a little frustrated that none of the miracles in the movie were beyond all doubt. For instance, there were no miracles of the blind receiving sight or creative miracles. I have looked everywhere online to find video evidence of these. I do not doubt they happen, just sometimes my faith fails due to my lack of experience. I want to step out in faith more to pray for the sick, but my lack of faith prevents me most of the time. I continue to grow in faith and want the miraculous to be a bigger part of my life.

    • Brian says:

      Hello John,
      I just watched the movie as well. I remember one time John Wimber saying even if you are a shy person, you can pray for someone shyfully. This really helped me realize that even if I was not a cool guy with a magnetic personality and much confidence, I could still depend on the Holy Spirit. In my experience healing and miracles have been “hit and miss”, mostly miss. I do have a friend that several of us in home group prayed over who had a abdominal tumor that was scheduled for surgery that became missing upon follow up imaging-that was wonderful to find out.
      I am of the belief that God’s will does not always happen, including healing (which I believe is His will), only because we live in a “fallen world,” and in response we are to pray (and at times proclaim) his will be done on earth as it is in heaven. I think we can just start “doing the stuff” as awkward as it may seem and the signs will follow. A few interesting observations that I noticed in the movie: praying for others with eyes opened, and praying several times for the same ailment (the latter not passing the word of faith test). I do like the idea of practicing our faith in these types of ways.

      • John Gibson says:

        Thanks Brian, good word. I prayed for one of my friends who has cancer last night at his house. I cursed the cancer in the name of Jesus and proclaimed him healed by the authority I have in Jesus. I called my dad afterwards and told him I felt like I should have been shouting the prayer (maybe so the cancer would hear it better? Idk). But he said, “or maybe you should have whispered the prayer”. So reading your comment was almost confirming in a way.

    • Lory says:

      John Gibson, please look at my comment below, hope it is helpful!

  2. Lory says:

    I’m glad this movie opens up the discussion if God still does amazing miracles. Of course He does, but we ourselves are the ones that limit Him. Because “the rule of the kingdom is to pray.” (David Jeremiah) We also lack faith when we pray. I think it is important to “exercise” our faith like we exercise our bodies. We start out with baby steps-like walking around your block for a few weeks (or months) and then gradually start jogging. The next thing we know we’re running marathons. Just kidding, but you know what I mean. We start by believing God in our homes. Your daughter has a 104 fever. You give her the baths, the Be-Kool pads, the medicine and nothing quite brings the fever down. The only thing you can do next is take her to the emergency room. But you hit the brakes, you decide, “I’m going to trust you God, I’m tired of trusting in man’s stuff.” And you begin to pray with faith-all night long, hour after hour, you keep proclaiming “By His stripes we are healed” even though nothing is changing. Then 7am comes along, no fever, and she wants to go go school as if the horrible night never happened. But how can you have faith to pray for your daughter if you don’t have faith for God to heal your migraine and you turn to endless migraine perscriptions? But after you see God heal you of migraines, heal your daughter’s fevers, then you start praying for your husband’s asthma-FOR TWO YEARS, you never give up praying, because you believe. Then in June of 2006, God does it. And you never have to buy albuteral, Advair or use a breathing treatment machine. Then a strange bone formation forms on top of your foot. Your doctor tells you you have to get it cut off. But you hate doctors So you pray in faith to Dr. Jesus. Every morning you wake up feeling under the covers expecting it to be gone. Two weeks later, it is. So you start praying for people outside your home. All these miracles happened to me and my family and that is how I am exercising my faith and am expecting more. If you want more, exercise! It begins at home.

  3. hierstaanek says:

    1) Jesus says that false teachers will rise in the church, that signs and wonders will be their hallmark.
    2) 1 John 4 says “Do not believe every spirit, but test it”
    3) Jesus says “By their fruit you will know them”
    4) Brian Welch is one of the poster boys for the movie. He is lead guitar of Korn
    5) Korn’s lyrics are satanic: The song “Prey for me” describes a sadistic murder for the fun of murdering. In “Never never” Brian denies God’s law: Love the lord your God with all your heart soul and mind, and love your neighbour as you love yourself. Welch screams with his band from the stage: “I will never love again!” in utter defiance of God and His law.
    6) Brian is going on tour with Slipknot, another satanic metal band, next month. In “The Devil in I” they refer to Jesus’s death on the cross. “Perish the Sacrament” and the they declare “Nothing is forgiven” With these words Slipknot denies Jesus and His atonement on the cross.
    7) This proves beyond reasonable doubt that Welch’s much publicised conversion was false. A redeemed sinner would never deny his Lord by appearing on the same stage as Korn and Slipknot.
    8) Welch is also given a pulpit in the movie. He explains that Peter’s referral to the prophesy of Joel, that God will pour out his Spirit on “all flesh” means that God can prophesy through satanists (like his pals at Slipknot) and that God’s Spirit also indwells non Christians. Remember that when non Christian receives the Holy Spirit he becomes a Christian – Welch’s theology explicitly denies this truth. (All flesh simply refers to Jews and non-Jews.)
    9) We can therefore assert with 100% certainty that the spirit in “Head” is not the Spirit of God, but an evil one.
    10) In 2 John the apostle says that whosoever receives a false teacher in their home (giving a false teacher a pulpit to preach) is guilty of the sin of the antichrist.
    Since the producers of this movie give Welch a pulpit to preach they are guilty of the sin of the antichrist.
    11) We can therefore have no doubt that the ghost in this movie is not holy, but that it is the spirit of the antichrist. The miracles are false.

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Micael Grenholm - a Swedish charismactivist residing with the Jesus Army in the UK.

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