Just As I am.

No other song written has had the impact of drawing believers to Christ as Just As I Am has. Its pleading cry of surrendering our all to the Savior and beckons us to a relationship with him has been sung across the world in churches for alter calls and during holy mass. It was the song used in the Billy Graham Crusades at the close of his services when attendees would come forward to make a decision to accept the Lord Jesus and begin a new walk with him.

Written by Charlotte Elliott in 1834 and published in 1835 as a poem it was later sat to music using for different musical stylings. The style, referred to as the “Woodworth” in 1849 was originally used for the song The God of Love will soon indulge, written by William B. Bradbury and then later adapted by John Hastings for use on “Just As I Am”, in the style and arrangement we use today.

Charlotte Elliott was born in Brighton, England on March 18, 1789. Her father was a silk merchant and her mother was the daughter of preacher. During her childhood she was afforded the better things in life and raised in a Christian home. She received the best education and had a passion for music and art. Yet during her young years she could not accept the fact that she could come to the Father with all sin. She struggled with the fact of her unworthiness and felt she could not come before a perfect and loving God with her imperfect life.

Many years later after being part of the social scene, where religion was not talked about she found herself isolated and alone after suffering a terrible illness. With bouts of depression and ill health she felt as if she had nothing to give. An evangelist friend of her father, Henry A. Cesàr Malan came to visit the family and ask her if she knew Christ. Offended by this question, she replied she did not to discuss the topic. Dr. Malan apologized for offending her but explained to her that he always like to speak of his Master and only hoped that one days she would come to know him as her savior and be a worker for Christ. A few weeks after this encounter they meet again, and Charlotte explained that ever since he has posed the question she had not been able to get it off her mind. She explained she did not know how to come to Christ. Dr. Malan replied, Come Just as you are, believing on Jesus as your personal savior. It is said she went away rejoicing in the fact that she now understood what it was to be excepted and love by the Lord Jesus Christ.

Twelve years later she continued to suffer bouts of depression. It was during this time that her brother, Rev. H. V. Elliott was working with St. Mary’s Hall, a respectable school in Brighton, England to give the daughters of clergymen a higher education. It was decided a bazaar would be held to raise money for the school. It seemed everyone was involved in planning out and working the event. Everyone expects Mary, who still at times battled with her salvation in her mind. It was the night before the bazaar Mary wrestled with these nagging thoughts. The next morning those same thoughts returned with more intensity and it was then that Mary got out her pen and paper and decided once and for all she would conquer those thoughts with the facts of her salvation, not her emotions on it, but the facts of the Lord’s love, his mercy and power. It was then and there, not in a past tense moment or a onetime passing moment but in an “even now” moment that she was accepted in the Beloved. It was this experience that she penned the words to Just As I Am.

Ms. Elliott was a poet, a hymn writer and an editor of the Christian Remembrancer Pocket Book, an annual publication and the Invalid’s Hymn Book. She died in Brighton, England Sept. r 22, 1871 at age 82.


Just As I Am.

  1. Just as I am, without one plea,

but that thy blood was shed for me

and that thou bidd’st me come to thee,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

2.  Just as I am, and waiting not

to rid my soul of one dark blot,

to thee, whose blood can cleanse each spot,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

3. Just as I am, though tossed about

with many a conflict, many a doubt,

fightings and fears within, without,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

4. Just as I am, thou wilt receive,

wilt welcome, pardon, cleanse, relieve;

because thy promise I believe,

O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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