So what are we to do with apparent contradictions like this one when unsaved bible critics point things like this out? If not dispensational salvation, then what?
Where is boasting then? It is excluded. By what law? of works? Nay: but by the law of faith. 28 Therefore we conclude that a man is justified by faith without the deeds of the law.
Paul's conclusion is clear - salvation is "no more of works" (It used to be!!) but now faith alone justifies! James is just as clear as Paul.
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
OUCH!! What does a Christian who doesn't divide his Bible do with that verse? Most would say: "Well, forget what it says, this it what it really means..." An honest Christian will admit to the contradiction and obey the Bible command to "rightly divide!"
James is doctrine for the Tribulation. The context of Chapter Two reveals what kind of works, coupled with faith, is needed to justify a man.