Personally when it comes down to it, I have to go with the "red letter" quotes when there are questions about the Epistles:
"16 For God so loved the world, that he gave his only begotten Son, that whosoever believeth in him should not perish, but have everlasting life."
Nothing about works mentioned here. I do try my best to have good works though. James' standards are fairly impossible for a poor sinner like me to meet, I have to hope that Belief and Faith with mediocre works will at least get me in the gate.