FOREWORD BY PROFESSOR STEPHEN ADEI
Overcoming Hypocrisy is an unusual book in many ways. Besides the fact that very few books are on the subject, it is also true that few people are qualified to write about hypocrisy. Thus Apostle Vincent Anane Denteh has made an important contribution to Christian literature by providing a systematic, rigorous and comprehensive treatment of this universal canker of double standards in human behaviour.
It is clear in Overcoming Hypocrisy that hypocrisy is a subject the Bible devotes a lot of pages to. The Lord Jesus Christ himself reserved his sternest condemnation to the Pharisees not because of their religious observances, but their tendency to prescribe one thing to others while they themselves live differently. Seven times in Mathew chapter 23:13, 14, 15, 23, 25, 27, 29 Jesus pronounced woes against the hypocrisy of the Pharisees. Taking a cue of Jesus’ description of hypocrites as “wolves in sheep skin”, Apostle Denteh exposes the wittiness, cunning and pretensions of hypocrites. Their behaviour undermine Church relationships and organisational cohesiveness.
One would expect an Apostle of The Church of Pentecost to limit his exposition on hypocrisy to the Bible; not so with Apostle Denteh. He devotes part three of his work to the Psychological Perspective of Hypocrisy and considers issues ranging from Machiavellianism to the Fallacy of Hitler’s Final Solution and Mastery unearths how human beings could be so bastardly wicked towards their fellow humans by hatching bad plans against their targets. The answer to this “Myth of Pure Evil” whereby the perpetrators of such heinous crimes manage to project their victims as “pure evil” and use that to justify their beastly atrocities lies in expressing the hypocrisy of such people.
Whether one shares “crocodile tears” or “strain a gnat while swallowing a camel” to use the metaphor of the Lord Jesus Christ, hypocrites are contradictions to themselves and can have negative consequences on the church, society, and organisations.
The section of how to overcome hypocrisy (Chapter Sixteen) should not be missed by any reader. This is because we all need to get out of the self-deception, self-ignorance, and pretense of hypocrisy into the liberty, freedom, and sincerity of the sons of God. This is not one of the books one must read and put aside but on that should be a subject of study for its theoretical, practical, and transformational impact on those who will take contents seriously.
Stephen Adei (PhD)
Professor of Economics and Leadership
Companion of the Order of the Volta, Ghana
4th March, 2015.
“No matter how clever we perceive to be in pretext or hypocrisy, we need to understand that hypocrisy is not a glorious life to cling to, especially if we consider our actions and attitudes in the context of Proverbs 14:11-13 which warns against destruction of the house of the wicked while that of the upright will flourish. With this passage, we can conclude that even if we stand to gain from hypocrisy, there is a divine call to consider the ways of God and the moral standards that guide our Christian lives and follow them” (An excerpt from page 203)