Are we talking about the same James 2:24? Let's look at the exact words together:James is clear we know those who are saved by their works. This shows God has changed them and no stage does James ever hint at one needs works to be saved, that is just RC imagination at work.
"You see that a person is justified by works and not by faith alone."
It literally says that a person is justified by works. Of course works all by themselves does not save anyone either. It takes both.