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I don't want to stereotype or tag all Christians with the extremist views of Kim Davis. Most Christians, I believe, would not agree with what she is doing. In searching for what denomination of Christianity she might be claiming as hers, Think Progress has an article:
Think Progress, The Religious Beliefs Of Kim Davis, The Anti-Gay Clerk Who Refuses To Do Her Job, Explained
"So where does Davis’ seemingly inconsistent theology come from, and how can she justify her actions using scripture? The answer begins with Apostolic Christianity, a tradition she claims to have converted to only four years ago. It’s unclear what specific worship community Davis calls home, but she is likely affiliated with one of two different traditions that nonetheless share similar beliefs on same-sex marriage and divorce — namely, Apostolic Pentecostalism (the most likely option."
There was also speculation that she could be a member of the Apostolic Christian Church, but "several self-identified members of the Apostolic Christian Church have reached out to insist that Davis is not ACC."
Assuming that she is indeed, Apostolic Pentecostal as Think Progress suggests, I went into what their beliefs and extracted a few paragraphs:
Apostolic Pentecostal Beliefs!
We recognize the institution of human government as being of divine ordination, and, in so doing, affirm unswerving loyalty to our Government; however, we take a definite position regarding the bearing of arms or the taking of human life.
As followers of the Lord Jesus Christ, the Prince of Peace, we believe in implicit obedience to His commandments and precepts which instruct us as follows: ".. that ye resist not evil. . ." (Matt. 5:39): "Follow peace with all men..." (Heb. 12:14). (See also Matt. 26:52; Rom. 12:19; James 5:6; Revelation 13:10). These we believe and interpret to mean Christians shall not shed blood nor take human life.
Therefore, we propose to fulfill all the obligations of loyal citizens, but are constrained to declare against participating in combatant service in war, armed insurrection, property destruction, aiding or abetting in or the actual destruction of human life.
Furthermore, we cannot conscientiously affiliate with any union, boycott, or organization which will force or bind any of its members to belong to any organization, perform any duties contrary to our conscience, or receive any mark, without our right to affirm or reject same (1930).
However, we regret the false impression created by some groups or so-called "conscientious objectors" that to obey the Bible is to have a contempt for law or magistrates, to be disloyal to our Government and in sympathy with our enemies, or to be unwilling to sacrifice for the preservation of our commonwealth. This attitude would be as contemptible to us as to any patriot. The Word of God commands us to do violence to no man. It also commands us that first of all we are to pray for rulers of our country. We, therefore, exhort our members to freely and willingly respond to the call of our Government except in the matter of bearing arms. When we say service, we mean service-no matter how hard or dangerous. The true church has no more place for cowards than has the nation. First of all, however, let us earnestly pray that we will with honor be kept out of war.
We believe that we can be consistent in serving our Government in certain noncombatant capacities, but not in the bearing of arms. (1940).
We further believe that our military personnel must live in a manner consistent with the Articles of Faith.
So I get it that the Apostolic Pentecostals are not opposed to government except in the case of serving in a combative role in war...conscientious objectors. No where did I find that Apostolic Pentecostals are opposed to gay marriage, but I suppose that's buried in their scriptures somewhere. However, what I read into the above is that they cannot "conscientiously affiliate with any organization that forces them to perform duties contrary to their conscience". It does not say that that they can change the policies of that organization (in this case the US government) to fit their beliefs. To "not affiliate" means to resign as Clerk and Recorder and not become a martyr for her beliefs.
Of course, Kim Davis may not be a member of the Apostolic Pentecostals. We cannot be absolutely sure. No church organization or denomination has come forward to claim her as one of their own. Mike Huckabee and a few other Republicans, however, have jumped on board for political gain.