The newest volume in the Walther’s Works Series, All Glory to God, contains the final, mature systematic theology of C. F. W. Walther, first president of the LCMS. In no other work did Walther set forth his own theology as comprehensively as he did here. The following excerpt of All Glory to God comes from the chapter “The True Visible Church,” which expands on the thesis: “Since a visible church is a community of people who ‘confess a common doctrine and religion,’ therefore only that church is correct which in all its teachings ascribes all glory to God alone.”
Whoever ascribes all glory to God and seeks to have people do likewise; and whosoever recognizes that man is less than nothing; whoever brings man to the point where he prostrates himself before the Almighty, and as a poor sinful beggar pleads for and awaits all things from God’s hand—he builds the church! For the church is the place where God’s glory dwells.