Regarding the great cause of God in this world, we must expect to meet with many slanders, many hardships, and many defeats. All through history, "all that live godly in Christ Jesus suffer persecution." Read the lives of the great preachers of this Gospel, such as Luther, Calvin, Whitfield, Edwards, and all the others. They all suffered for the cause of Christ. But, Christ will win the day. Never be discouraged, but go to the throne of grace more earnestly, and ask for grace to keep you, and strengthen you, for the battle.