In James 2:24 it says;
Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.
I met an expert Protestant guy, I told him, didn’t it said in the Bible that “Ye see then how that by works a man is justified, and not by faith only.”? He’s a Baptist and believes in Sola Fide, he said I should understand the word “justified”, he implied something like, “justified” doesn’t mean both faith and works are required to be saved but being “justified” is meaning it’s only to prove that you have faith, not that it is required, works is something that comes out of by faith and not something that the Christian adds to faith.
But I thought it’s pretty understandable in the context, James 2:14 says “What doth it profit, my brethren, though a man say he hath faith, and have not works? can faith save him?”, I thought this is the subject, it has something to do with salvation that’s why James wrote that the Christian should have works too and not faith alone. I thought James sarcastically compared faith only people to demons because they believe in God but it doesn’t save them.
Protestants says that works are the effect of faith, but why James warn Christians against having faith only? I thought it’s because it’s possible to have faith only and the Christian must avoid it.
Also, how can I reconcile this verse with James 2:14-26?
“For it is by grace you have been saved, through faith—and this is not from yourselves, it is the gift of God— not by works, so that no one can boast.”
I don’t know how to work this out. I have to research Catholic apologetics about this.
So how can I defend “works” from this guy? Or Catholics has Sola Fide belief too?