I myself would have no problem subscribing to the “Brief Statement,” but I’m curious about its status and its authority. The “Brief Statement” has lots of good stuff in it. At the same time, I was surprised to see how much it leaves out. There is a section on the means of grace, but I saw nothing specifically on the presence of Christ in the Lord’s Supper, and hardly anything about Baptism. Quite a bit on church & ministry, but nothing on worship. It speaks of good works, but not vocation. There is nothing on the Theology of the Cross. It addresses Justification but not the Atonement. There are sections on predestination and conversion that stress certain similarities of Lutheranism to Calvinism. In all, it seems to be a very Protestant document.