Hone, J. Danny. Lord of the Harvest: The Sovereignty of God Over Salvation. Bloomington: AuthorHouse, 2011. 108 pp. $14.95. Purchase at Amazon and on Kindle for much less.
Danny Hone owns a t-shirt printing business that can be found on the web at HoneVille.com. More germane to this book, Danny ministers in the local church as he teaches the gospel of Christ to children on Sunday mornings. He has an excellent testimony of how the Lord of the harvest saved him out of heresy and led him to study the Bible in order to test his faith and work out his salvation with fear and trembling. This book is one of the fruits of that season of struggling with the Lord.
At only 87 pages of text, Danny does not spend any time arguing for the historicity of his viewpoint. He simply lays out what the Bible says concerning man and God and salvation. Divided into eight chapters, he looks at the Sovereignty and Lordship of God as well as the issue of God calling various men in the OT as well as in the NT. He discusses the importance of Christ’s teaching in parables and the reality that while we are saved unto works, we are not saved by works. In the end, he offers reasons why he does not believe this issue to be a hill on which to die though it is of great importance to one’s faith.
Danny makes some excellent points. Perhaps the best point is that he did not arrive at his conclusions through the reading of other books. Rather, his entire foundation for his theology is founded upon the Word of God. As he shared his studies with others they started to call him a “Calvinist.” He did not know what a Calvinist was so he did some quick research and discovered he agreed with much of what this John Calvin said some years ago. Nonetheless, he does not call himself a Calvinist instead choosing to use the label “sovereigntist.”
I appreciated his candor and frankness in writing this work. He continually appeals to a clear reading of Scripture and explains how he arrived at his understanding of the theology that causes so many unnecessary divisions (most often by those who disagree!). In the end, his concluding chapter which argues that this is not a hill on which to die is, in my estimation, the most important chapter of the book.
While there are many typos, ah the joys of self-publishing!, this book is an excellent read for anyone struggling with what we call today “Calvinism.” It is not written from an academic perspective. Rather, it is written by a man who, in a very real sense, locked himself away for a couple years in order to better understand what the Word of God says. Because of that, this book should be more appealing than the academic books on the raging debate of Calvinism. I recommend it to all….especially those who are in the “cage stage” wanting to argue with everyone. Perhaps they could start at the Conclusion and then read the rest of the book.