- Fake faith/false faith that does not demonstrate in works is not a saving faith. A faith that does not care about the needs of others isn't faith at all. Anyone can claim to have "faith"/claim to be a "Christian" but that doesn't mean he/she is saved, born again, and follow Christ.
Works (deeds, action) do not and cannot save us, but works demonstrate
that we are saved (good works should be manifested in our lives because
we are saved).
James is not contradicting Paul's teaching of salvation by grace
through faith alone. Paul confronted those who wanted salvation by
something they did while James confronted those who wanted salvation
without doing anything.
Faith without fruit is dead, useless, and unacceptable. Authentic,
saving, living faith bears good fruit. Belief that doesn't transform
your life is "dead" faith; a transformed life results in good works.
Your faith and your words are worth nothing if you do nothing to help
those in need. Saying is not doing. Walk the talk! Behave what you
James gives us a test here to evaluate ourselves: Are we genuinely
saved? and Are we living like we are saved (is our faith accompanied by
action)? You may have heard this before but I think it's a great
reminder: "If you were arrested for being a Christian, would there be
enough evidence to convict you?"