In another thread someone thought a comment I made bordered on being idolatrous . I had said something along the lines of : "Give glory to God for His gift to the Church of John Calvin." It would have meant the same if I had said :"Thank God for His gracing the Church with John Calvin ." If God is given the glory for His gifts , where is the near-idolatry ? If I had something like : "Thank God for the great John Calvin." , then that becomes a little fuzzy .Who am I praising in that statement ? Am I diving praise between God and a mere creature ? No , I extoll the LORD for His gifts . The LORD is the ONE who graced the Church with John Calvin . That man was not just a great man . The LORD is the GREAT ONE . The LORD prepared him for his enduring ministry to the saints through the ages . Can we not say : "We praise you LORD for your gift of Paul to the Church." ? Are we wrong to say : "I give glory to you O LORD for your gift of John MacArthur to the Church ."? Can't we say : " Lord we give you honor for your gift to the Church of faithful preachers ." ? There are many things that we can praise God for . It is to the LORD we give praise , honor and glory -- not to puny mortals . However , we must be thankful enough to recognize His gifts in many forms and give thanks that we are privileged to be the beneficiaries of His manifold blessings . Most of all I give thanks for the wonderful gift of His Son -- Jesus Christ who gave Himself for me , and His Holy Spirit who indwells me .