I was raised that an unmarried adult person (especially a woman) is still under the authority of her father until she gets married. That contradicts the Bible.
The Bible says in 1 Corinthians 7:32 -34:
“But I would have you without carefulness. He that is unmarried careth for the things that belong to the Lord, how he may please the Lord:
33 But he that is married careth for the things that are of the world, how he may please his wife.
34 There is difference also between a wife and a virgin. The unmarried woman careth for the things of the Lord, that she may be holy both in body and in spirit: but she that is married careth for the things of the world, how she may please her husband.”
The unmarried answer to God not their parents. They are to be concerned with pleasing God not their fathers.
You have no right to tell your adult daughter or son that they have to stay home with you or that they cannot get a job, go to college, move out on their own etc. That is between them and God.
The Bible only says married woman are to be keepers at home, not unmarried women.
I Timothy 5:11-15
11 “But the younger widows refuse: for when they have begun to wax wanton against Christ, they will marry;
12 Having damnation, because they have cast off their first faith.
13 And withal they learn to be idle, wandering about from house to house; and not only idle, but tattlers also and busybodies, speaking things which they ought not.
14 I will therefore that the younger women marry, bear children, guide the house, give none occasion to the adversary to speak reproachfully.
15 For some are already turned aside after Satan.”
Younger women is directly referring back to younger widows!
It also only advises that young widows should marry, not that every woman has to marry.
The Bible Even Says That If the World Is Really Evil Like It Is Now, Then It Is Best Not To Marry, But It Is NOT A Sin If You Do Marry.
1 Corinthians 7: 26-28:
26 “I suppose therefore that this is good for the present distress, I say, that it is good for a man so to be.
27 Art thou bound unto a wife? seek not to be loosed. Art thou loosed from a wife? seek not a wife.
28 But and if thou marry, thou hast not sinned; and if a virgin marry, she hath not sinned. Nevertheless such shall have trouble in the flesh: but I spare you.”
Once your child is an adult, you have no right to tell them how they can or cannot serve God. To do that is to step into God’s jurisdiction and it is cultish!
Years ago my Dad even tried to twist Scripture and tell my brother that he had to stay home until he got married because the Bible says a man is supposed to leave his Father and Mother and cleave to his wife. So he would be in sin and rebellion against God if he left home before he got married.
We thought that he was probably wrong, but we really did not know any Scripture to prove it at that time.
Finally God removed our Dad from our home 12 years ago, and we have been free from him since then.
A few years ago God showed us the truth in 1 Corinthians 7:32 -34.
The New Testament says unmarried adults (both men and women) answer to God, not their fathers!