Our Anabaptist and Baptist forefathers were mistreated, imprisoned, tortured, and murdered by Catholic and Protestant alike over their commitment to a New Testament ecclesiology centered on believer’s baptism by immersion. I wonder if we modern-day Southern Baptists will follow our forefathers to so radical a conclusion. It does not seem likely that we will have the stomach for it. Indeed, today some Baptist pastors, contrary to the New Testament, are willing to lead their churches to relax the necessity of baptism by immersion for membership in the local church. Such a move is based on misguided reasons, such as appeasing pedobaptist friends, fostering church growth by making it easier for some people to join Baptist churches, or allowing Reformed soteriology to blur Baptist ecclesiology.
From Restoring Integrity in Baptist Churches, chapter by David Allen, pg. 105.