Under Covenant, James wrote that the twelve tribes of Israel were justified by faith PLUS works.
James 2:24 Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
Under Grace, Paul wrote that WE are justified "by faith" APART from works.
Romans 5:1 Therefore being justified by faith, we have peace with God through our Lord Jesus Christ:
Galatians 2:16 Knowing that a man is not justified by the works of the law, but by the faith of Jesus Christ, even we have believed in Jesus Christ, that we might be justified by the faith of Christ, and not by the works of the law: for by the works of the law shall no flesh be justified.
And as a matter of fact, today if you follow what James wrote about justification, the bible says you have fallen from grace.
Galatians 5:4 Christ is become of no effect unto you, whosoever of you are justified by the law; ye are fallen from grace.
There is nothing wrong with the bible. The confusion creeps in through denominations, organizations, and religious institutes who fail to RIGHTLY DIVIDE the word of truth.
As a result what they miss is that while works did once play a role in salvation it no longer does.
And is why Paul wrote:
Romans 11:6 And if by grace, then is it no more of works: otherwise grace is no more grace...
For Paul to have written "no more of works" meant that it once WAS of works, correct?
It once-was but not-anymore.
Grace & works for salvation no longer mix. The two are no longer compatible but are mutually-exclusive.
This as a result of the finished cross-work of Christ. While we are called unto good works, we mustn't get the cart before the horse.
We don't work to BE saved, we work because we ARE saved.
We don't work FOR salvation, we work FROM salvation.
If our churches would simply pay closer attention to who each letter of the bible is addressed to, there would be far less confusion.
James 1:1 James, a servant of God and of the Lord Jesus Christ, to the twelve tribes which are scattered abroad, greeting
Which tribe are you in?
"Men occasionally stumble over the truth, but most of them pick themselves up and hurry off as if nothing happened."