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What’s the deal with the church on Market Street near Ogden with a sign that says “pimp slap religion”?

Amanda Greene

Ultimate Faith Church calls itself a forerunner church out of the spirit-led House of Prayer tradition, emphasizing gifts of the Holy Spirit in worship. Pastor Timothy Hutto established it four years ago after becoming disillusioned with the methods of seeker-friendly churches he previously served in.

“Our opinions, programs, traditions, hi-tech mentality, service predictability, buildings and putting God into a 1-hour and 59-minute countdown is not wrong in itself but much of it is birthed out of our imagination and brain-storming meetings,” wrote Hutto on his Web site. “Most of it has become a method for success and not life-changing.”

Ultimate Faith Church models itself anti-establishment in church circles in the sense that it doesn’t seek to be a huge church or offer loads of programs to people or youth who attend. It does not offer membership. Its motto of “pimp slap religion” is a symbolic phrase that means awakening people today to the roots of love and forgiveness in the ministry of Jesus Christ. The church has had so many inquiries about its sign on Market Street that it included a whole section titled “Pimp Slap Religion” on its Frequently Asked Questions portion.

“Anything can become religious. Religion makes our relationship with Father distant, shallow, hollow. Then we are mechanical instead of being in intimate fellowship with our father,” the section says. “We want people to encounter the Father’s heart and not the idol of cold religion.”

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