Nope! But I once had someone respond to me on the Internet by saying they would rather do good in the world, than spending time removing personally negative character traits—as though the two functions had nothing to do with each other.
I assume this person was Swedenborgian and was representative of the direction that many followers of Swedenborg’s theology are now taking these days. This trajectory comes from reading Swedenborg’s many comments about the importance of love, charity and usefulness, while skipping over other details.
Unfortunately, while being kind and loving towards others does indeed help others, it does very little for the charitable individual and their soul—unless they are removing (purifying) their inner evils at the same time.
You see a bad person can be outwardly as kind and helpful as any good person. However, the former is inwardly motivated by egoism while the latter is motivated by innocence.
Heaven is not just a state of heart and mind that promotes good actions, but a state that promotes good actions through innocence. True innocence can only be obtained by discovering—and acknowledging—one’s (often hidden) negative intentions and resisting them with the Lord God’s help.
This activity cleanses one’s deeds in a way that makes them more and more angelic. Otherwise, egoism (self-love) will creep into everything a person does.
So it is not a matter of performing one function over the other—regeneration and good deeds go hand in hand!