Be bvery presumptious to think one could, or is it spitting in teh Face of Jesus, thinking His work is not required??
yet we both rail against the Nehushtan-worshippers, those who have made the Bible into God, and claim to know Christ, and btw have perfectly valid logic lines to follow in Scripture, that you and i--or at least i--believed at one time. And i'm sure even you would admit to having known good hearts in that model (assuming you were ever in it--maybe not?). So i guess it depends upon how one interprets the passage (keeping "Seek your own salvation" in mind, also). Most of the 4 Witnesses to the passage (whoever seeks to save his soul (life) will lose it) put it in the context of someone who prefers worldly comfort over self sacrifice, and avoids any "hating their life" or "pick up their cross" stuff in life; and the 4 have 3 different conclusions, but the Luke 17 one, 37Where, Lord?" they asked Him. He said to them, "Where the corpse is, there also the vultures will be gathered" is a telling conclusion imo; that i don't recall ever hearing a sermon on. "Corpse" (soma) is the same word used for "body," and while this conclusion may again be interpreted different ways, most of the interpretations--with Jesus' Body or the Body of Christ (us) being the most obvious allusions--are not very comfortable to contemplate.
So, i don't think it is too far afield to suggest that there is a way to claim Christ and yet be spitting in His face, so to speak; and its corollary, there is a way to deny Christ and yet be considered "accepted," as much other Scripture informs us. Sticking with the first case, imo we have sheep (who are "led") and have no desire to be hypocrites, and seek to change their minds, and we have wolves in sheep's clothing, who will not be led, and seek to sit on a fence, and also to recruit as many others as possible into the scheme, under the cover of "following Christ." And of course there are divisions even within that, one can do the last in ignorance, or in hypocrisy, pick a Saul there. One either relents when confronted with their hypocrisies, or they do not. And of course we can be blind to this in ourselves, even as they are so obvious to everyone else.
And, since it is of course all about me, which one am i? I am both of them, of course; as tempting as it is to claim otherwise, or to claim that Christ somehow instantly resolved or covered all of my hypocrisies at profession, rendering my "claiming otherwise" moot, or whatever. OSAS, iow. Of course the deficiency there might be that you have chosen the wrong concept of "once saved," as Scripture both refutes and leads one to.
No one--for the most part--consciously spits in Christ's Face, of course. Not even Hitler, right? But other people, people who disagree with us, no problem! Lol.