The Powerful Alter-Call Song Billy Graham Made Famous: ‘Just as I Am’


Learn the history behind the alter-call song "Just as I am" played at Billy Graham's crusades over the course of many decades.


Watch this touching video of Just as I Am through the decades from the Billy Graham Evangelistic Association. The hymn was played at Billy Graham’s crusades between 1949 and 2005. It invited millions to the altar to commit their lives to Christ.

The hymn was written by Charlotte Elliott in 1835. Charlotte wrote this song after suffering an illness that left her disabled. She saw others serving the Lord and wanted to do the same. Elliott, an English woman, wrote all the reasons why she trusted God.

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

Billy Graham heard this song as a teenager and gave his life to Christ while attending a revival service. Graham selected this song because he believed the song reflected the choice to follow God. His autobiography is also named Just As I Am. Be inspired by this classic hymn and the powerful meaning behind it.