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by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.

A sermon preached at the Baptist Tabernacle of Los Angeles
Lord's Day Evening, March 30, 2003

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

The Greek word translated "fables" here is "muthos." It means "fiction" or "myths" (Vine's Expository Dictionary). Dr. Henry M. Morris points out that

These "fables" are nothing but the pagan myths which the ancients used to explain the meaning of the world and life. They were founded on a pantheistic cosmogony which specifically rejected the truth of the transcendent and personal God of creation and the Bible…these pagan nature myths are being revived in modern New Age cosmogonies, all of which are founded completely on evolutionism in one form or another. Modern atheistic evolutionists [Darwinists and other naturalists] may battle these pantheistic evolutionists, but both unite against those who believe in the true God of creation (Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., The Defender's Study Bible, note on II Timothy 4:4).

Dr. Morris is correct in telling us that the "fables" in our text include a belief in evolution. Near the end of his life, in private correspondence, the British scholar C. S. Lewis called evolution "the central lie of our time." I believe Lewis was right on this point. I believe that evolution is the central lie, the main fable or myth, of modern times.

Dr. Francis A. Schaeffer and Dr. Morris pointed out that the theory of evolution, with its idea of "the survival of the fittest," was the viewpoint behind both Fascism and Communism. Darwin's ideas induced Hitler to attempt to exterminate the Jews in World War II. Darwin's theory was also the philosophy in back of Communism's slaughter of millions - including the killing fields of Cambodia and the genocide in Vietnam, China, and the Soviet Union. Dr. Morris and Dr. Schaeffer pointed out that Darwin's theory is what produced the mindset that abortion is a woman's "choice." Forty-two million babies have been killed in America alone as a direct result of a belief in evolution. Yes, C. S. Lewis was right on that point. Evolution is the central lie of our time. And it was predicted in Bible prophecy,

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

I. First, there is no real evidence for evolution.

It remains the "theory" of evolution after one hundred and fifty years, simply because the evolutionists have no real proof, to make their theory a scientific fact.

Oh, I know you have seen a chart called "the tree of life" in your secular biology textbook. It looks very convincing. It has an amoeba at the bottom, fishes and amphibians on the bottom branches, up higher there are birds and reptiles, then apes toward the top, and man on the highest branch.

But the fossil record does not support the evolutionary "tree of life" picture at all. Dr. Joe White and Dr. Nicholas Comninellis say,

We would expect that the oldest and deepest layers of fossils would contain the earliest, most primitive forms of life. As we search through younger, shallower layers, we would expect to find gradual transition of the most primitive life forms into more complex ones…Since the transition from fish to amphibian would have required many millions of years (during which time millions, even billions, of transitional forms must have lived) fossils of many of these transitional forms should be discovered.

But they have not been discovered! Dr. White and Dr. Comninellis continue,

If reptiles turned into birds, as claimed, then we should also expect to find fossils with gradually extending of the front feet of the reptile into the form of wings like a bird…The fossil record ought to reveal many millions of transitional, intermediate life forms. They should fill museum collections (Joe White, Ed.D. and Nicholas Comninellis, M.D., Darwin's Demise, Master Books, 2001, p. 15).

But they do not! There is no credible fossil evidence to support evolution!

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

II. Second, examples of hoaxes used to "prove" the theory of evolution.

I could give several of these hoaxes, but I have selected three, the first one from fifty years ago, the second one from the 1990s, and the third one from the early twentieth century. First, consider the hoax of "Piltdown Man."

The American People's Encyclopedia (Chicago: The Spencer Press, Inc.) was written in 1948. My father gave me a set of this encyclopedia in 1954, when I was thirteen years old. I still have this set of encyclopedias in my library. Here is what that encyclopedia said about "Piltdown Man" back in 1948,

A fossil human skull found near Piltdown, England, in 1912. It was taken from a gravel pit cut into an ancient alluvial fan. The deposit itself probably dates from the third glaciation but contains much older materials washed in from higher levels. The skull while exceedingly thick and showing some primitive characteristics is essentially that of modern man (ibid., volume 15, p. 782).

Although the 1953 edition of this encyclopedia does throw some doubt on "Piltdown Man," it still presented it that year as a credible proof of the theory of evolution. But Dr. Don Boys gives us the rest of the story. He tells us that, with the discovery of this skull,

The evolutionists, flushed and excited, pointed to their "missing link" for more than 40 years [from 1912 until 1953], and boasted about it in all the textbooks as being "proof of evolution." In fact more than 500 doctoral dissertations were written on Piltdown Man, seeking to establish him as one of the most impressive "finds" in the history of science…[But] in 1953, three honest scientists found that the modern ape's jaw and human skull had been "doctored" to resemble an ape man, and the fake [had] fooled the world's greatest experts! The persons responsible for the hoax (fraud) some allege, were [Charles] Dawson [himself - the man who "found" the fossil] and Pierre Teilhard de Chardin who had written several books trying to harmonize evolution and [Catholicism] (Don Boys, Ph.D., Evolution: Fact, Fraud or Faith, Largo, Florida: Freedom Publications, 1994, pp. 259-260).

Dr. Boys pointed out that the British Museum, where the "fossil" was stored, prevented it from being examined by experts for over forty years (ibid., p. 261). Dr. Henry M. Morris points out that Pierre Teilhard de Chardin has been "implicated by a number of his fellow evolutionists as one of the perpetrators of the infamous Piltdown Man hoax" (Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., The Long War Against God, Master Books, 2000, p. 23). De Chardin was one of the leading evolutionists of the twentieth century.

Dr. Michael Pitman writes:

Only in 1953, when a method for determining the age of fossil bones by analyzing their fluorine content was revived, were critical tests carried out on the Piltdown fossils. The human skull and ape-like jaw, contradicting updated ideas about man's evolution, had aroused suspicion. They were found to be of commensurate [equal] age but much younger than the other fossils and articles which were supposed to have been found. Most of the specimens had been artificially stained with bichromate [a saline solution derived from potassium. The specimens had been artificially stained to give them the appearance of great age]. The canine tooth had been filed, coloured and packed [artificially] with grains of sand. An elephant bone associated with the skull, of a type found…in Egypt, had been cut with steel instruments into an improbable "bat" shape. The Piltdown skull was a deliberate fraud. The faking of the mandible and canine was skilful and deliberate: it was certainly a determined and unscrupulous hoax. Sir Solly Zuckerman, who later reviewed the story, considered the hoaxer knew more about primate anatomy than the experts who were several times deluded (Michael Pitman, Adam and Evolution, London: Century Hutchinson, Ltd., 1984; reprinted by Baker Book House, 1987, p. 93).

Who was responsible for this hoax? Charles Dawson, a Sussex lawyer, who led the excavation, was twice "surprised…in his office staining bones" by two paleontologists who did not trust him (p. 93). Arthur Smith Woodward was the head of the anthropology department at the British Museum - who collaborated with Dawson. Although he was an expert on fish bones, Woodward was "certainly not an anthropologist" (ibid., p. 91). Teilhard is the third man. All three, Dawson, Woodward, and Teilhard, took part in the "discovery." The tooth, filed down from that of an elephant from Tunisia, was almost certainly supplied by Teilhard, who had visited the place where these elephants are buried in Tunisia. Michael Pitman tells us,

Dawson was certainly at the bottom of it but probably didn't know enough of primate anatomy to do the job well. Others from the British Museum may have been involved [this would explain why the "fossil" was kept under lock and key for so many years, and even such [leading] anthropologists as Dr. Louis Leakey were not allowed to examine it, ibid,. p. 93], and Teilhard de Chardin almost certainly planted the [ground-down and stained elephant] tooth (ibid., p. 94).

Thus, Eoanthropus dawsonii (Dawson's Dawn Man) was proved to be a hoax. Why did these men create this fraud? The answer is simple: they were trying to find "missing links" to prove the theory of evolution. When they couldn't find any in Britain, they created one - to try to prove the theory of evolution. But you can't "prove" this theory with hoaxes!

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

Next, consider the case of "Nebraska Man."

On receiving a tooth [found in Nebraska] from a Mr. Harold Cook, H. F. Osborn (head of the American Museum of Natural History) declared it had characteristics which were a mixture of human, chimpanzee and pithecanthropus. He named it Hesperopithecus haroldcookii (Harold Cook's Evening Ape). In Britain Sir Grafton Elliott Smith fully supported him and, on the basis of a single tooth, there appeared in the Illustrated London Times (24 June 1922) a center-spread of an artist's impression of "man-ape" Hesperopithecus cavorting with his wife. [Nearly everyone believed in "Nebraska Man" in 1922].

You may have seen the classic movie, "Inherit the Wind," or the TV movie, made in the 1990s, with Jack Lemmon and George C. Scott. I hate these movies - because they portray William Jennings Bryan as a fool, which he was not, and Darrow as a champion of truth and decency, which he was not. These movies are about the Scopes Trial of 1925, which pitted Brian and Darrow against each other, in what turned out to be a debate on evolution. A man named Scopes was being tried for teaching evolution in a public school. Bryan was the special prosecutor. Darrow was the chief counsel for the defence.

Nowhere in the trial did scientific problems receive any sensible discussion. Darrow displayed ignorance both of the theory of evolution and the teachings of the Bible, and leveled a barrage of insult and vilification at fundamentalist Bryan. Bryan did not respond in kind. Darrow was clearly the media favourite [What else is new?]. Darrow [used] two main lines of evidence for evolution…the Piltdown Man and Nebraska Man (Michael Pitman, ibid., pp. 99-100).

In the movie versions of "Inherit the Wind," you see the Darrow character (played by Spencer Tracy in one movie and Jack Lemmon in the other) waving a newspaper with a drawing of "Nebraska Man" in front of Bryan's face - and telling him what a fool he was not to believe the "latest scientific evidence." But Bryan gets the last laugh! And, as my mother used to say, "He who laughs last laughs best."

Darrow's two great arguments against Bryan were Piltdown Man - which was proved to be a forgery in 1953, 28 years after the Scopes Trial - and Nebraska Man, discovered in 1922, three years before the Scopes Trial.

Oh, I forgot to tell you, in 1930, it was discovered that the tooth, upon which Nebraska Man was based, was actually the tooth of an extinct pig!

William Jennings Bryan is attacked as an ignorant fundamentalist Christian to this day in your secular college - and Darrow is held up as a great champion of modern thought. Yet Darrow's two main arguments against Bryan were both based on hoaxes - the tooth of a pig, and some chimpanzee bones and an elephant tooth, glued to a human skull, and painted brown to make them look ancient!

My mother used to tell about a man she knew as a girl back in the Ozarks. He believed in mermaids. When an enlightened person said that there were no such things as mermaids, that old mountain man said, "Oh yes there are! Grandma seen one at Barnum's circus!" You see, his grandmother had been to the circus, and had gone to the old-time side show, where she was shown a "mermaid," pickled in a bottle of formaldehyde! I myself saw a photograph of this in a book on P. T. Barnum. It is actually the head and torso of a monkey, sewed unobtrusively to the tail of a fish! That old lady saw this hoax at the circus - and was convinced. "There's no such thing as a mermaid!" "Oh yes there is! Grandma seen one at Barnum's circus!"

I'm very much afraid that many people today are about as dumb as that old hillbilly. Because they saw a drawing in a book, they think that evolution is true and the Bible is false!

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

You see, the evolutionists just don't have any credible fossil evidence for their theory! It goes right on today.

A skull, found in Spain and promoted as the oldest example of [man] in Eurasia, was later identified as that of a young donkey [This was in 1984]. (Pitman, ibid., p. 100).

In 1983 an American anthropologist tried to pass off a dolphin's rib as the collarbone of a prehistoric man (ibid.). "The problem with a lot of anthropologists," says anthropologist Dr. Timothy White, "is that they want so much to find a hominid that any scrap of bone becomes a hominid bone" (ibid.).

If there really were "missing links," or "transitional forms" between the ancestors of apes and humans - there ought to be millions and millions of fossils. But there aren't. They present a few scraps of bone, and a tooth or two, and build their whole theory of prehistoric man on that flimsy foundation. Most of these scraps of fossil bone are from old people, or sick people, or from another animal. The whole theory of evolution rests on a foundation of hoaxes and frauds!

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

III. Third, the recent examples of flying dinosaurs and
peppered moths are also proven to be hoaxes.

Do you think these hoaxes and frauds are a thing of the past? No, as we saw with that donkey bone, and that dolphin bone, the same fraudulency goes right on among scientists, trying to "prove" evolution by doctoring, painting, and misrepresenting the fossil record.

A report from the Los Angeles Times recently had the byline, "Once Hailed as a Missing Link, Forgery is Found to be Mosaic of Fossils from Microraptor and a Bird" (Los Angeles Times, December 2, 2002, p. A12). Here are the highlights of that news report:

NEW YORK - When the smuggled stone slab first surfaced at a Tucson mineral show, it seemed the likely key to a mystery of evolution.

To the collector who paid $80,000 for it, the Chinese fossil had every appearance of a feathered dinosaur that flew like a modern bird. The purported missing link made headlines when National Geographic trumpeted the find in 1999, then caused red faces when it was revealed as a forgery a year later.

Researchers in China and at the American Museum of Natural History in New York now have completely deciphered the deception.

The find wrongly hailed as a crucial link between the dinosaurs and the birds actually does contain fossils of a dinosaur and a bird. But the only connection between them is glue.

In a study published recently in the journal Nature, the researchers revealed that the major part of the doctored fossil belongs to an ancient, fish-eating bird called Yanornis martini. Its lizard-like tail belongs to a small, carnivorous dinosaur previously identified as Microraptor zhaoianus. Both creatures lived and died more than 110 million years ago.

Working with Julia A. Clarke at the American Museum of Natural History, [paleontologist Zhonghe Zhou of Beijing] compared the front half of the forged fossil with the only two known specimens of the long-extinct bird. The researchers compared more than 200 features to pinpoint the creature's true identity.

Suspicions about these bones of contention were first confirmed when X-ray analysis revealed that the fossil was a mosaic made from 88 fragments of rock and fossil leaved together in three layers and glued to a single supporting slab of shale. Grout had been used to fill any gaps…. a hoax to deliberately mislead scientists, as was the case with the infamous Piltdown Man.

In that 1912 incident, a researcher deliberately altered a set of human and orangutan bones to make them seem to be remains from the same creature, then buried them in an English quarry. When they were dug up, they were hailed as a missing link between ape and modern mankind. The hoax distorted scientific ideas on the descent of man for almost 40 years.

In the same way, the discovery of the Archaeoraptor forgery was a twist in a scientific dispute over the origin of birds.

Publicity compounded the problem, turning the volatile mix of paleontology and profit into something more toxic to sound science.

When the fossil find was made public, it did help buttress the argument that birds are the direct descendants of carnivorous Theropod dinosaurs such as Tyrannosaurus rex.

When it was revealed as a fake, however, it then served to discredit the theory by calling into doubt the veracity of other fossils from China that document the link between dinosaurs and modern birds. Moreover, the fraud was exploited by religious fundamentalists eager to undermine any evidence of evolution.

I need to say here that the last statement shows once again that the Los Angeles Times is "eager to undermine any evidence of Christianity!" The fact is that there really isn't credible fossil evidence for the link between reptiles and birds. Remember, the article says there are "only two known specimens of the long-extinct bird" itself. The whole thing is a hoax, built on the flimsy so-called "evidence" of only two bird fossils! Why aren't there millions, even billions of fossils connecting birds and reptiles? There would be if that had been what happened. But the fossils aren't there simply because evolution isn't true!

A fraud here and there - an occasional hoax - and a couple of teeth - that's all they have to support their worn-out, musty old Victorian theory! The two men behind uniformitarian evolution were Charles Darwin and Charles Lyell. Darwin's only degree was in theology. Lyell's only degree was in law. Neither one of them studied one thing about science when they were in college! "Naturalist Alfred Russell Wallace admitted that he received the basic tenets of the Darwinian…heresy while in an occult trance in a Malaysian jungle. It does not take a theologian to figure out the identity of the revealer…Modern evolution is simply the continuation of Satan's long war against God" (Henry M. Morris, Ph.D., The Long War Against God, Master Books, 2000, p. 10).

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

James Perloff says,

The latest Darwinian "evidence" to bite the dust: the peppered moth. Most high school biology textbooks today cite this creature as a proof of evolution…According to the evolutionary scenario, the peppered moth rests on tree trunks during the day. Industrial pollution blackened the tree trunks, making the dark moths invisible to preying birds, which caused them to become the dominant variety. Later, pollution controls caused the light variety to resurge.

Biologist Jonathan Wells, who holds PhDs from Yale and Berkeley, exposes the myth of the peppered moth in his book Icons of Evolution (Washington, DC: Regnery, 2000). As it turns out, peppered moths do not rest on tree trunks during the day. In some studies, this was faked by gluing and pinning dead moths to trees and photographing them.

(James Perloff, The Case Against Darwin, Refuge Books, 2002, p. 59).

I remember studying about these moths at Los Angeles City College. They said it proved evolution. No one told us students that it was a hoax, that dead moths were glued to the trees and photographed to try and find some proof for evolution - somewhere!

When you have to resort to painting chimpanzee jaws and gluing them to human skulls; when you have to paint a pig's tooth to make it look old, and glue it to a human skull; when you have to glue dead moths to a tree and pretend they are alive; or glue two fossils together to prove birds came from dinosaurs - then my friend, it shows you don't have any real evidence for evolution.

"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

Dr. Albert Fleishman, professor of zoology and comparative anatomy at Erlangen, Germany says:

The Darwinian theory of descent has not a single fact to confirm it in the realm of nature. It is not the result of scientific research but purely the product of imagination (Joe White, Ed.D. and Nicholas Comninellis, M.D., Darwin's Demise, Master Books, 2001, p. 126).


Evolution is a lie, based on frauds and hoaxes. The Bible is the truth, sent from God. Believe the Bible and turn to Jesus Christ, and believe totally in Him. Jesus will save you from sin and from judgment. He died to pay for your sins. He arose physically from the dead. He ascended into the third Heaven, where He is seated on the right hand of God. Jesus will save you. Receive Him now!

"He came unto his own, and his own received him not. But as many as received him, to them gave he power to become the sons of God…" (John 1:11-12).

See how the world has been tricked and deluded by this monstrous hoax of evolution! The Devil has bound the hearts of men against the glorious gospel of Christ! Oh, young person, the wrath and judgment of God will soon fall on this vile generation.

Awaken from your sleep! Soon judgment will come, and you will stand before God without any hope! You must see your lost condition. You must see that you will be swept away into everlasting flames with the godless throngs of the city. Hell opens her mouth! Flee from the wrath to come! Flee to Christ for refuge - before it is too late!


Scripture Read Before the Sermon by Dr. Kreighton L. Chan: II Timothy 4:1-5.

Solo Sung Before the Sermon by Mr. Benjamin Kincaid Griffith:

"This Is My Father's World" (by Maltbie D. Babcock, 1858-1901).



by Dr. R. L. Hymers, Jr.


"And they shall turn away their ears from the truth, and shall be turned unto fables" (II Timothy 4:4).

I.   There is no real evidence for evolution.

II.  Examples of hoaxes used to "prove" the theory of evolution.

III. The recent examples of flying dinosaurs and peppered moths
are also proven to be hoaxes, John 1:11-12.

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