Puritan Richard Baxter on the Family

My friend Kent sent me this wonderful quote on the family:

“We must have a special eye upon families, to see that they are well ordered. The welfare and glory of both the Church and the State, depend much on family government and duty. If we suffer the neglect of this, we shall undo all. Therefore, if you desire. reformation., do all you can to promote family religion.”

Richard Baxter


In The Reformed Pastor Known as the chief Puritan Schoolmaster, Richard Baxter was the Puritan evangelist of Kidderminster in the English midlands during the 1600’s. There was an amazing transformation of that town under his ministry. Under Baxter’s oversight, family catechizing, family worship, public praise worship patterns, church discipline, preaching, devotional reading, regular pastoral counseling, and small-group ministry were all emphasized. Reformation was Baxter’s name for it. His meaning becomes clear when he writes: ‘If God would but reform the clergy, the people of England would soon be reformed.’