What is an Ichabod prophet or teacher? (1 Samuel 4:19-21)
An Ichabod [pronounced: EE-khah-voht] is a person who stays in attack mode, who tears down what God is building, because they have no glory from God or revelation from which to build, no comfort or encouragement for the body of Christ.
Beware of false prophets. Much of canonical self-righteousness today has nothing to do with finding God or Him seeking us. According to the Book of Revelation, chapters 17 and 18, it is nothing more than full of self-serving chatter.
Unfortunately, there are some Ichabod people in the Orthodox world as well, who attack anything and anyone who does not suit their religious persuasion.
They usually have little to no grasp of sound Orthodox theology and hence are smitten by the age-old Pharisaical way of legalism and recognition-seeking. Their ignorance undermines true Orthodoxy, which focuses on the living faith of the holy Gospel and its obedience to God’s word, promulgated in and by the church.
They are wolves in sheepskin trying to focus attention away from Christ towards an elitist, sectarian mentality and thus luring the innocent into a web of misconstrued pseudo-orthodoxy.
We must foremost pray for their conversion to Christ, from whom they have strayed or whom they never had fully embraced.