Some of the evangelists were what you might term 'gap scientists'. They argued for creationism with a gap (or 4.5 billion years) between creation and the day night cycle. This allowed them to reconcile Creation with the Scientific age of the Earth. There were many in this group and Jimmy Swaggert was one. Thus he was able to 'consistently' argue:
"Evolution is a bankrupt speculative philosophy, not a scientific fact. Only a spiritually bankrupt society could ever believe it. ... Only atheists could accept this Satanic theory. [Rev. Jimmy Swaggart]"
"Other than the absolute absurdity and stupidity which characterize the vapid philosophy of evolution, the sheer affront to God as Creator, by the propagation of this lie, and a lie it is, is the greatest insult of all. Actually, evolution is an insult to intelligence in any capacity. The idea that something on its own can be brought out of nothing, is the beginning of this lie. As well, the thought, which is the very heart of evolution, that something can gradually come from disorganized matter, into a well-ordered structure, is the very opposite of that which really happens. If left unattended and uncultivated, there is always a regression instead of a progression. That is the reason the Lord told Adam and Eve, “Be fruitful, and multiply, and replenish the earth, and subdue it: and have dominion over the fish of the sea, and over the fowl of the air, and over every living thing that moveth upon the earth” (Gen. 1:28)."
"THE FOOLISHNESS OF EVOLUTION
If it is to be noticed, there is a bitter hatred by evolutionist of God and the Bible. Consequently, they manufacture multiplied drawings of supposed human beings rising from a molecule through a monkey to the present man, and pass it off as fact when in reality, it is fiction. They foster all of this off on young children in school, and teach it as the truth, when in reality there is no truth in evolution whatsoever.
As well, if the evolutionists have their way, they not only demand that evolution alone be taught in the public school system, but as well, that the Biblical account of creation not be taught at all. If they are so sure of their “theory,” why do they fear the Word of God?"