Does God use sin to accomplish His purposes? Certainly He does. Does God control/give/direct thoughts, turn thoughts and hearts to accomplish His purposes? In allowing Satan to inflict and misdirect, and put thoughts into hearts, who then is still in control of this? That God allows man to think thoughts, without intervening, who then is really in control? When God Himself turns hearts to accomplish His purposes, who is in control there? Note, I've never implied God gives man, nor does He put into man each and every thought as another has falsely claimed me to say. To say such is to react knee jerk without looking at facts, as too many fellow Baptists do, to their shame. When God is directing our thoughts, to accomplish His will, who is in charge? Either God is all control of all things, and nothing is done which He didn't foreknow, and that nothing that happens occurs to God later is factual, or He is in fact not God. One on here (so far) says God does not know all things. This is a fallacy. Or, does God just simply not know all things, as Copeland theology, word-faith proponents teach, or is such teaching in error, and God does in fact know all things, and such teaching is then erroneous? I have described that God controls all thoughts and outcomes according to His purposes and determinitive counsel, and by permissive counsel, still showing He to be in control of all situations, since permission implies ability to intervene. Two more things: Christ is God, and Christ and the Godhead are perfectly sinless. Any aligning of God as the author of sin, due to His permitting of sin to accomplish His purposes, is solely upon the one who falsely claims I have said so, which I in fact vehemenently deny. Incapability of seeing God in Control and equating it with evil is fallacy and shallow theological error. God can and does Sovereignly control all things, and is free from sin and corruption in it because His nature is Pure, Just and Holy and Incorruptible. Thus he and He alone can control all things and remain pure. To equate control with evil is to not understand that God is pure and holy, and is a reflection on those who do espouse this as being erroneous in their understanding of the nature of God, and that He is incorrutpible. All of the above describe that God is purely Sovereign. I expect that several will beg to differ and seek to strip God of His rightful place. Let's move forward here. Let's not add to words, or name call, and be as men and women, and as you claim, Christian.