An impoverished old man applied for membership in a wealthy church. The pastor tried to put him off with all kinds of evasive remarks.
The old man became aware that he was not welcome there and finally told the pastor that he would pray about it. After several days he returned. "Well," asked the pastor, "Did the Lord give you a message?"
"Yes, sir, He did," was the old man's answer. "He told me it wasn't any use. He said, "I've been trying to get in that same church myself for ten years, and they won't let me in either."