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J.D. Tant

e-Sword Version:

Gospel X-Ray by J.D. Tant ©1933 by Firm Foundation Publishing,
Austin, Texas. This .refi (HD) reference module for e-Sword contains
Sixty sermons by Jefferson Davis Tant.

The current update (12/10/2018) contains the first Fifty-Seven
Sermons by J.D. Tant. The rest will be added soon to complete
the book. There are a total of Sixty Sermons in this collection.
The Color Charts included with the sermons are not part of the
collection of sermons by Tant. The Bible Charts in Black
and White
are by J.D. Tant as published in 1933.

Here is a list of the Sermon Titles Contained in this Book:
  • The Bible Our Only Guide
  • The Church That Jesus Built
  • Will The Old Book Stand?
  • Three Dispensations of Religion
  • Holy Ghost Baptism
  • Witness Of The Spirit
  • Water Salvation
  • Water Baptism
  • Salvation Of The Thief
  • Moses and Christ
  • Old Time Religion
  • Five States Of Man
  • Why I Am A Christian
  • What is Campbellism?
  • What Is Man?
  • Three Salvations
  • Heaven And How To Miss It
  • Trouble In Israel
  • Christian Soldier
  • Watch
  • A Working Church
  • Three Kinds Of Righteousness
  • Leadership Of Christ
  • How Four Hundred People Were Saved Outside The Ark
  • We Look At It Differently But See It Alike
  • Bible Change of Heart
  • Church Membership
  • Church Worship and Work
  • Going Onward
  • Preach The Gospel But Let Other People Alone
  • Drawing Power Of The Spirit
  • The One Body
  • Heartfelt Religion
  • Divine Fellowship
  • Tabernacle Service
  • The Christian Race
  • The Peculiar Sect
  • Work in the Vineyard
  • Waiting For The Bridegroom
  • How God Answers The Sinner's Prayer
  • Can't All See Alike
  • What Think Ye of Christ?..
  • Make It Sure
  • The Only Safe Way
  • Long Bench Meeting
  • All Converted Alike
  • Separated From God
  • Standing Between Go and Woe
  • What Benefit is Your Church
  • Why Are You Not a Christian?
  • Salvation Located
  • Coming to God With an Idol in Your Heart
  • The World Upside Down
  • Spiritual Marriage
  • Scriptural Giving
  • The Two Laws
  • John 3:16
  • The What, The Who, The Where, The Why
  • Preacher Hoodooism
  • I Have Fought A Good Fight
Jefferson Davis Tant was born June 28, 1861, at Cartersville, Georgia.  His parents were William and
Mattie (Lloyd) Tant. At the age of 14, Tant joined the Methodist Church.      At the age of 15 he moved
with his parents from Georgia to Texas.  About this time, he became interested  in an  education  and,
fortunately, he lived near a high school.

Unfortunately, he had only one dollar to supply all of his earthly needs.  He invested his dollar in three

yards of cloth from which his mother made him a pair of pants.  He  started to  school without a single
school book and one pair of pants.   At school,  he would  dodge  around  the  children  and study  his
lessons on their books with them, until one day a schoolmate cursed him and told him if his old daddy
could not get him some books that he had better quit. Discouraged, he told his troubles to his teacher,
who agreed that he  would leave  one window unfastened each night so his  pupil could come and get
the books for his lesson the next day, learn his lessons, and put the books  back  next morning  before
school.   This  he did  for two years,  and  many times  three o'clock  in the morning found him after his
lessons with a little
brass lamp to study by.

Jefferson Davis Tant was in the school room each day but never looked at a book, yet when it was time

for recitation he seldom failed to answer all the questions. The children begged him to tell them how he
knew his lessons without studying. This he kept as a profound secret. The news spread that he was an
"idiot" and people  often visited the  school to  see "Old man  Tant's 'idiot'  son  that learned his lessons
without studying." After two years, a lady learned of his desire for an education and loaned  him $20  to
buy his books.  The last two years  he was in school,  he was  in a  class  alone.  He had passed all the
other students, not because he had more ability but because he used what he had.

The Reverend Jefferson Davis Tant, duly  ordained in the  Methodist  ministry,  became a circuit-rider in

North Texas in the year 1880. His work as a Methodist minister was destined to be a short one. In 1881,
he moved to Buda, Texas, where in August of that year, he heard W. H. D. Carrington, a minister of the
Church of Christ, preach the gospel. He liked what he learned.  In  those days, the church was so often
referred to as  "Campbellites."  The meeting  ran from  two weeks  to a month.  Tant decided to go back
and  hear what the "Campbellite" preacher  had to  say  further.   Carrington  took  the  Bible,  read  the
passages and explained them clearly, especially the verses that told what one must do to be a Christian
or to be saved.
On August 14, 1881,  Tant came forward  in Carrington's  meeting  and gave the  preacher his hand. He
was openly weeping as he did so, weeping from fear, from gratitude.  Since he had been immersed,  he
was received into the fellowship of the Buda  church on  his statement  that  he  was  "satisfied" with his
baptism. It was only one week later that young  Jefferson Davis Tant  received  a written statement  from
the Buda  Church of Christ,  commending him  to the brotherhood  to preach  the gospel of Christ and to
baptize any that  he was instrumental in  converting to Christ.   The statement  was signed by two elders
and two preachers.

1883  was  a  milestone  in  Tant's  life.   It was then  that he  received  his  very  first compensation as a
preacher of God's word. He checked his records and found that he received $9.75 for the year.  $5.00 of

this amount came from performing a wedding ceremony. J. D. Tant married  Laura Warren on  March 26,
1890, at Georgetown, Texas.   E. Hansborough performed the ceremony. To this union, two children were
born: Ira, a son who lived to be 10 years old, and Davis, a daughter.  The Tants  lived  at Hamilton, Texas.
On January 4, 1894, after a hard fight with pneumonia,  Laura died.  Her body  was laid  to rest in the old
Hamilton Cemetery.  Hamilton was the home of J. D. Tant for nearly 15 years, his longest residence in any
one place during the 80 years of his life.

Tant  married  Nannie Green  Yater on  Wednesday, December 30, 1896.   It was  a double  wedding with

Nannie marrying J. D. and her sister,  Fannie Mills (who was never known by  anything  but her nickname
"Kanna") marrying Albert Gebhart.   Felix C. Sowell performed the wedding ceremony.   Tant preached all
over the nation. Gospel preachers were few and far between. He was in great demand, ordinarily receiving
more than 200 invitations per year for gospel meetings. His record was 269 invitations in a single year.  It
was obvious that he could not hold more than 20 or 25 of these, since most of them were of two weeks'

After living in Hamilton, Texas, for 15 years, Tant moved to Victoria, Texas, and then to Quanah, Texas. He

moved to Macon, Tennessee, in 1904.  (Yater Tant was born there in 1908.) Then the Tants moved to
Alamogordo, New Mexico, in 1912, to Cleburne, Texas in 1916, then to Menard, Texas, Rogers, Arkansas,
Greenville, Mississippi, DeQueen, Arkansas, Brownsville,Texas, and then to Los Fresnos, Texas, where he
spent his remaining days. One day, sitting quietly in his chair, he said, "There remaineth therefore a rest
to the people of God ... and I long for that rest! " This was the last Bible scripture that he was heard to
quote. He wanted to see his children once more and sister Tant wrote to all of them requesting that they
come as soon as possible.

The last two Lord's Days he was not able to attend services. H. D. Jeffcoat, preacher for the Brownsville

Church, brought the Lord's Supper to him May 24. Those assembled sang, prayed, and broke bread
together.   But on the last Lord's Day of his life, June 1, 1941, he did not partake of the Supper.  Knowing  
his weak condition, friends came to encourage him. They visited, stood up to leave and Tant stood up with
them and walked into another room. He sat down in a chair, turned his eyes for a last long searching look
into Nannie's face, and without speaking a word, quietly died. It was 4:30 P.M., Sunday, June 1, 1941.
Two funeral services were held. The first was at the Brownsville Church of Christ with H. D. Jeffcoat and
James W. Adams officiating. Tant had requested that the service be conducted like any normal preaching
service with congregational singing. Jeffcoat read the scripture and led the prayer. Adams spoke on
1 Timothy 4:1-8 paying tribute to the great work of J. D. Tant.

The second funeral service was held at the Central Church of Christ, Cleburne, Texas, Wednesday morning,

June 4. The principal address was given by W. K. Rose with whom Tant had held a long time agreement
that whichever of them survived would speak at the funeral of the other. Scripture was read by G. H. P.
, prayer was led by Cled E. Wallace, and a short address preceding Rose's talk, was made by

Foy E. Wallace, Jr.

Many gospel preachers came from their fields of labor to pay tribute to this great gospel preacher who had

fallen asleep in the Lord. Old time friends, companions of his youth, were present to shed their tears with
his wife, Nannie, the children, and his only surviving brother, James Monroe Tant. John W. Akin, who had

given the suit in which he was to be buried, wept unashamedly as he looked for the last time upon the still
and bloodless face of his friend. The funeral caravan moved slowly to the old Cleburne Memorial Cemetery,
where all that is mortal of "J. D. Tant, Texas Preacher" now sleeps beneath a simple stone bearing the legend:
                    Jefferson Davis Tant

1861 - 1941
"I have fought a good fight
I have finished my course
I have kept the faith."
2nd Tim. 4:7

What's New in Version 1.0 (See full changelog)

  • 10/30/2018 - Added Gospel XRay with 1st 21 sermons
  • 10/31/2018 - Added Sermons 22-25 to Gospel XRay.
  • 11/01/2018 - Added Sermons 26-36 to Gospel XRay.
  • 11/02/2018 - Added Sermons 37-47 to Gospel XRay.
  • 11/03/2018 - Added Sermons 48-57 to Gospel XRay.

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