A pastor converts a church into a “sexy” nightclub where hard-partying young adults have a spring break sanctuary. Pastor Markus Q. Bishop of The Life Center: A Spiritual Community dubs the converted nightclub as Spring Break Amnesia. This Panama City Beach church is raising some eyebrows in the community. Bishop isn’t afraid to offer up his church as a wild-partying venue for spring breakers to go all out and enjoy themselves.
Panama City News Herald reported earlier this month that the church converted into a spring break sanctuary is being investigated by Bay County Sheriff’s Office and Panama City Beach Police Department. The local church has been hosting naked paint parties, slumber-party Sundays, and the “sexiest ladies on the beach” attraction. Bishop is now required to pay property taxes as officers investigate the church’s activities.
According to the report, the pastor who converted the church into a nightclub has the venue running seven days a week. Since February 28, The Life Center has turned into “Amnesia: The Tabernacle.” The nightlife space is $20 a person and is advertised as “Anything But Clothes” in addition to the other promotions of paint parties and pajama/lingerie party Sundays.
ATMs and a banner with “iDrink” are seen outside the front of The Life Center. This is all a practice that the police and sheriff’s office find “unbefitting of a church.” The Life Center is owned by Bishop, who’s a former pastor of Faith Christian Family Church.
There’s a sign in front of The Tabernacle that tells patrons events at the church are alcohol and drug-free. It also says donations go to the church. Promoters of the church converted into a nightclub claim it’s a church by day and a youth ministry by night.
Sheriff Frank McKeithen calls it a “blatant slap in the face” to taxpayers and law enforcement because it’s a crafty way of trying to get away with something they shouldn’t.
“They’re trying to get around the laws, and they’re using the church to get there,” McKeithen says.
Christian Today adds in its report that property appraiser Dan Sowell doesn’t believe a real “God-fearing” individual would engage in these types of practices of a place of worship.
“A God-fearing, God-honoring church in January does not sponsor this type of debauchery in March,” Sowell said.
It seems ironic that spring breakers would find a partying spot at a church that the pastor converted into a nightclub. The Life Center is no longer considered tax-exempt.
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