Help Save Kim Davis’ Soul
Rowan County clerk Kim Davis refuses to issue marriage licenses to anyone because of the Supreme Court ruling extending marriage rights to same sex couples. She claims she is doing this on the authority of God. Ms. Davis is an Apostolic Christian. Among the 20 points listed in the Apostolic Church’s Statement of Faith (http://www.apostolicchristian.org/page.cfm?p=555) is the following:
Governmental authority is respected and obeyed. Members serve in a non-combatant status in the military. Oaths are not taken, but truth is affirmed.
Among the Bible passages used to bolster this teaching is Romans 13: 1–10:
Let everyone be subject to the governing authorities, for there is no authority except that which God has established. The authorities that exist have been established by God. 2 Consequently, whoever rebels against the authority is rebelling against what God has instituted, and those who do so will bring judgment on themselves. 3 For rulers hold no terror for those who do right, but for those who do wrong. Do you want to be free from fear of the one in authority? Then do what is right and you will be commended. 4 For the one in authority is God’s servant for your good. But if you do wrong, be afraid, for rulers do not bear the sword for no reason. They are God’s servants, agents of wrath to bring punishment on the wrongdoer. 5 Therefore, it is necessary to submit to the authorities, not only because of possible punishment but also as a matter of conscience. 6 This is also why you pay taxes, for the authorities are God’s servants, who give their full time to governing. 7 Give to everyone what you owe them: If you owe taxes, pay taxes; if revenue, then revenue; if respect, then respect; if honor, then honor. 8 Let no debt remain outstanding, except the continuing debt to love one another, for whoever loves others has fulfilled the law. 9 The commandments, “You shall not commit adultery,” “You shall not murder,” “You shall not steal,” “You shall not covet,”[a] and whatever other command there may be, are summed up in this one command: “Love your neighbor as yourself.”[b] 10 Love does no harm to a neighbor. Therefore love is the fulfillment of the law.
As an Apostolic Christian Ms. Davis believes the Bible is inerrant and is to be read literally. A literal reading of Romans makes it clear that governments are controlled by God, and that government employees, like the judges of the Supreme Court, are God’s servants. Rebelling against the government is the same as rebelling against God. And yet this is exactly what Ms. Davis is doing: she is rebelling against God.
Ms. Davis has said that her refusal to issue marriage licenses is “a Heaven or Hell decision.” I agree. My fear is that by rebelling against God she is condemning herself to Hell. I call upon Apostolic Christians everywhere to come to her aid: urge her to either comply with the ruling of God’s servants or resign her position. If you love this God fearing woman please help her step off the road to damnation.