Ch3 of the W.C.of F. says "neither is God the author of sin".

One can make something which is entirely different from oneself. e.g. if someone makes a cake they do not become a cake themselves.
If God had a holy motive why Jesus alone should fulfil the Law {total obedience} then God might have a holy motive to withhold from man the grace to obey His Law/command. I can find no place where the writers of the W.C.of F. tried to justify the statement "neither is God the author of sin". Did they ever try to justify it?

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The Free Prebyterian online copy of the Westminster Confession quotes three verses in support of the statement :

neither is God the author of sin,b

Free Presbyterian Church Documents

The first two are from James :

Let no man say when he is tempted, I am tempted of God: for God cannot be tempted with evil, neither tempteth he any man:

James 1:13

Every good gift and every perfect gift is from above, and cometh down from the Father of lights, with whom is no variableness, neither shadow of turning.

James 1:17

The third is from John :

This then is the message which we have heard of him, and declare unto you, that God is light, and in him is no darkness at all.

I John 1:5

I was not certain but @curiousdanni notes below that these texts are original to the Westminster Confession and are not added by the Free Presbyterian website.

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    Those are the verses added by the Westminster Assembly, they appear in the other copies as well.
    – curiousdannii
    Jan 12, 2020 at 2:16

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