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Tant, J. D. - Gospel XRay 1.0
Scripture Old Testament New Testament Gospels Pauls Letters General Letters Soteriology (Salvation) Denominations and Disciplines Church of Christ
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 (11/03/2018) 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
original 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
- 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
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 at 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
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 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
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.
Obviously, 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.
Showalter, 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.