Hell. It’s not a popular or positive subject, but Dr. Toby Frost, in his newly-published book, The Little Book of Hell, thinks that it needs to be. According to Dr. Frost, we need the doctrine of hell for many reasons:
Hell gives meaning to the world. What an absurd world it would be if unforgiven sin went unpunished, unrepentant serial killers were never brought to justice, and there was never that day when all wrongs are righted.
Hell gives motivation to the world. The love of God saves us and keeps us, but many of us were motivated initially to see the gravity of our sin and the need to receive Christ by the reality of hell. The next generation needs the blessing of this motivating doctrine.
Hell gives dignity to the world. God gives us what Dr. Frost calls, “the dignity and danger of decision.” Without hell we are automatons, in a deterministic system in which we have no dignity, and no choice. True love of God is only possible if we have the choice not to love Him. And without the alternative of hell we are not free to follow the scriptural admonition in Joshua, “Choose you this day whom you will serve.”
Hell gives clarity to the world. A true picture of God’s love can best be perceived when painted against a contrasting reality of an existence without God. A relationship with God and the promise of heaven is best appreciated when set against the sad and horrible destiny of those who reject His love.
In his controversial and provocative book, The Little Book of Hell…, Frost uses and engaging and friendly style to argue not only for the validity of the doctrine of hell, but also for the need of its renewed centrality as a core doctrine of the church, and in each individual Christian’s life.
Dr. Toby Frost was born in Fort Knox, Kentucky, and grew up in various places in Europe and the United States. He has been a pastor and church planter for over twenty-five years. He was also Senior Director of Strategic Evangelism for the North American Mission Board of the Southern Baptist Convention, the largest non-Catholic denomination in the world. He was educated at Winthrop University (B.S. Education), Southeastern Seminary at Wake Forest (M.Div. Biblical Languages), and Midwestern Baptist Theological Seminary in Kansas City, Missouri (D.Min. Leadership). He is a published author with over 50 books, tracts, manuals, and journal articles to his credit. His areas of expertise include pop culture, practical theology, world missions, evangelism, leadership, and corporate ethics. He currently serves as Pastor of South Main Street Baptist Church in Greenwood, South Carolina.