You should know that doctrine is not created by a king. Jesus said let there be two or three witnesses before the word is established. And no! … the holy Spirit is not confused in James. It sounds like you are.
This is last months argument to which I don’t think I remember you. But I wrote a lot on this topic.
My position is that James is not addressing how one become eternally saved, as did Paul. As a mater of fact, none of his epistle addresses this topic.
For that very reason, we do not have a contradiction between James and Paul. I agree with James that a man is justified by WORKS. but I also agree with Paul, that those works are not before God. Ro. 4:2. James was also in agreement with Paul on that.
The Romans 2:6-11 passage you quote here needs “context” to be interpreted. This is now the fourth or fifth time I answer about these verses. If anyone will take the time to find the larger context of Paul’s thought, (suggestion chapter 1:18 and following) you will realize who Paul is addressing in it’s context. There is nothing in this passage about salvation by grace at all. Paul is talking to unconverted Jews and unbelieving people in general. If they want to seek righteousness through the law then, "he will render to each one according to his WORKS. v7 to those who by patience in well-doing seek for glory and honor and immortality, he will give eternal life! All true!.. let me know who has kept the law flawlessly and I will pack my bag.
Paul continues his thought by saying in verse 13, "For it is not the hearers of the law who are righteous before God, but the doers of the law who will be JUSTIFIED. Again, all true!.. If you want salvation by the law you go ahead and take a shot at it.
This was his point.
He continues his same thought all the way until chapter 3 where verse 23 transitions. "v22 For there is no distinction (between Jew and Gentile.) v23 for all have sinned and fall short of the glory of God, v24 AND ARE JUSTIFIED BY HIS GRACE AS A GIFT, THROUGH THE REDEMPTION THAT IS IN CHRIST JESUS."
Translation: Both Jews and Gentiles are incapable of keeping the Law or approaching God with their works as a means to obtaining righteousness. It must be gifted.
plane and simple.
got to go to work now