Believers are justified by faith. Everyone knows this (except for James).
Justification is when we are counted righteous by God. Abraham is the great example (except in James) of how Abraham “believed God and it was counted to him for righteousness.” That’s how it’s done.
Everyone who has every been counted righteous was counted righteous by faith.
Except Phinehas (and probably James). Phinehas? Who is Phinehas? Phinehas is the guy who speared adulterating Israelites in the act to stop a plague killing lots of Israelites.
“Then stood up Phinehas, and executed judgment: and so the plague was stayed. And that was counted unto him for righteousness unto all generations for evermore.”
This act was counted to Phinehas for righteousness. Was he saved by faith or is this some other sort of Old Testament works salvation? I’d enjoy hearing the mental gymnastics to make Scripture coherent on this one.
(By the way, I have a theory, a fine Biblical tumbling run)