Rapper Lil Nas X has apologized to his Christian fans after the video for his new single “J Christ” sparked controversy over his portrayal of Christianity.
The video cited 2 Corinthians 5:17 and depicted the openly gay rapper on a cross. Some of the scenes also appropriated biblical imagery including Jacob’s Ladder and Noah’s Flood.
In social media promos for the track, he depicted himself as Jesus and mocked communion and the Lord’s Supper.
In another social media stunt, he tweeted a picture suggesting he had been accepted to Liberty University for a biblical studies—which the evangelical educational institution swiftly denied.
He was accused of “mocking Christianity” and criticized by a host of Christian artists, including Dee-1, Lecrae, and Hurricane Chris.