For a time the best-selling Bible in America, the Good News Bible touched millions of lives, the vast majority of whom never heard of its chief translator.
Bratcher made SBC headlines in 1981 declaring that,
"Only willful ignorance or intellectual dishonesty can account for the claim that the Bible is inerrant and infallible," Bratcher said. "No truth-loving, God-respecting, Christ-honoring believer should be guilty of such heresy. To invest the Bible with the qualities of inerrancy and infallibility is to idolatrize it, to transform it into a false god."
With those comments he drew attention at a critical time in SBC life to the issue of inspiration, inerrancy, and infallibility of Scripture.
One notes the irony in his being chief translator of a version of the Bible loved by many.