James' argument for the necessary outworking of this salvation in good works ( 2:14-24 ) is countered by Paul's insistence on the working of the grace of God in the act of faith for salvation ( Rom 3:24-31 ).
So is Paul correcting James? Is that what he's saying? Paul "counters" James? I guess if you believe in salvation by faith only, James has to be countered in some way.