- As per Wikipedia:
“A pauper’s oath is a sworn statement or oath by a person that he or she is completely destitute or a pauper, i.e. without any money or property.
Historically, especially during the Great Depression, the pauper’s oath was required as a prerequisite for receiving welfare or other forms of government relief in the United States.”
The more I draw nearer to God, the more He teaches me that I have nothing of myself. I am completely destitute, fully dependent on Him to live. Apart from Him I have nothing good. As I daily fight the battle against the debilitating fears, emotions, and desires of my own self I must realize that I do not fight this battle in my own means. All of my righteousness, goodness, and merit is of God. I do solemnly declare the pauper’s oath. I have nothing. I am completely dependent on another and in this my heart rests.
“But of Him you are in Christ Jesus, who became for us wisdom from God – and righteousness and sanctification and redemption – that, as it is written, ‘He who glories, let him glory in the Lord’.”
1 Corinthians 1:30-31