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Wednesday, October 11, 2006

Just As I Am

We sang this song at church last Sunday. My heart rejoiced to sing this song in our church! If your understanding of the gospel cannot embrace this hymn, I regret it.
Here is a little background for the hymn:

Miss Charlotte Elliott was vi­sit­ing some friends in the West End of Lon­don, and there met the em­i­nent min­is­ter, Cé­sar Ma­lan. While seat­ed at sup­per, the min­is­ter said he hoped that she was a Christ­ian. She took of­fense at this, and re­plied that she would ra­ther not dis­cuss that quest­ion. Dr. Ma­lan said that he was sor­ry if had of­fend­ed her, that he al­ways liked to speak a word for his Mas­ter, and that he hoped that the young la­dy would some day be­come a work­er for Christ. When they met again at the home of a mu­tu­al friend, three weeks lat­er, Miss Ell­i­ott told the min­is­ter that ev­er since he had spok­en to her she had been try­ing to find her Sav­iour, and that she now wished him to tell her how to come to Christ. “Just come to him as you are,” Dr. Ma­lan said. This she did, and went away re­joic­ing. Shortly af­ter­ward she wrote this hymn.

Just as I am, without one plea,
But that Thy blood was shed for me,
And that Thou bidst me come to Thee,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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.

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.

Just as I am, poor, wretched, blind;
Sight, riches, healing of the mind,
Yea, all I need in Thee to find,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

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.

Just as I am,
Thy love unknown
Hath broken every barrier down;
Now, to be Thine, yea, Thine alone,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come.

Just as I am, of that free love
The breadth, length, depth, and height to prove,
Here for a season, then above,
O Lamb of God, I come, I come!

Praise the Lord! Sinners don't have to repent or reform before they can come to the Lamb of God.
This song expresses that beautifully.

11 Comments:

  • I thought it was pretty cool when I saw the name of the lady who wrote the song. I have three kids. One of them is Charlotte and one is Elliot.

    BTW, I know Billy Graham uses this song in his his evangelistic campaigns (or at least he used to). Just because I appreciate the song, doesn't mean I endorse the way he goes about things.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/11/2006 9:15 AM  

  • "I know Billy Graham uses this song in his his evangelistic campaigns (or at least he used to). Just because I appreciate the song, doesn't mean I endorse the way he goes about things."

    No, Rose~, I think this proves that you are a supporter of the Ecumenical movement. I am going to write a blog post about your connections to the New Age and the Vatican. I bet your blog is funded by the Illuminati!

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 10/11/2006 12:07 PM  

  • DF,
    You brat!

    LOL
    You could be Jack Chick ... the Illuminati! LOL

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/11/2006 12:22 PM  

  • Matthew, I'll bet if you read Rose's post backward you could probably find a New Age mantra or something hidden in it! :-)

    By Blogger Gordon Cloud, at 10/11/2006 2:26 PM  

  • What do you expect from a NASB reader?

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 10/11/2006 5:12 PM  

  • Finally, on the subject of the hymn, it is great doctrinally, but I cannot stand the tune. It sounds soppy.

    God Bless

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 10/11/2006 5:14 PM  

  • Rose~

    Praise the Lord there is nothing we need to do before coming to Christ. However, I do believe some people assume we can continue in that passive approach to our christian life.

    Were you hoping to stir a wee bit of controversy on this post?

    By Blogger Jim, at 10/11/2006 10:34 PM  

  • LOL Gordon. I am so sneaky like that.

    The NASB is a great translation of the Bible, thou fundamentalist Matthew. "Soppy?" Do you mean "sappy"? I am not sure what soppy means. You think it sounds overly sentimental? I would call that sappy, but I don't agree about this tune. Do they sing it in Worcester?

    Jim,
    No, we shouldn't be passive in our Christian life. The Christian life is different than the Christian birth. ;~)

    Controversy? Why should such a lovely song stir controversy? ;~)

    Thanks for your visit!

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/12/2006 11:27 AM  

  • Rose~, we say soppy, not sappy over here. It means overyly sentimental, so I suppose it is the same thing.

    People who are familiar with hymns will be well acquainted with 'Just as I am', but most churches I have attended did not sing enough hymns, preferring banal choruses. I cannot recall whether I have ever sang it in a church or not.

    Every Blessing in Christ

    Matthew

    By Blogger Dyspraxic Fundamentalist, at 10/12/2006 3:43 PM  

  • Hi Rose,

    Love that hymn!!!

    Blessings in the Lord,
    Shawn

    By Blogger Shawn L, at 10/21/2006 12:06 PM  

  • Shawn,
    Thanks for saying so! I am glad to see you.

    By Blogger Rose~, at 10/21/2006 12:28 PM  

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