He wanted to kill more, and he planned to go to a populated area so he could do just that. He had already brutally shot to death his mother, father, and three siblings ages 2, 5, and 9. But Sunday, January 20, 2013, before he could carry out his entire murderous scheme, 15-year-old Nehemiah Griego got caught. He might have perpetrated more mayhem if he hadn’t inexplicably taken photos of his dead mother and emailed them to his girlfriend who called 911.

It all came down in a home just outside Albuquerque, NM. And here’s what’s really chilling. Nehemiah was a Christian. His father had been on the pastoral staff of a large local, Pentecostal church and currently served as a chaplain for a detention center. The dead father, once a gang member, had turned his life around, but he apparently couldn’t do the same for his son. I don’t know the senior pastor of Calvary, Skip Heitzig, but I’m sure that he and his staff are doing everything possible to cope with this tragedy. I’ve been to Calvary’s web site and they have every conceivable kind of program to reach every single kind of person, and that’s great. Their mega-church agenda is obviously designed with concern for a variety of issues that people face – women in despair, parenting skills, cool teen stuff, family life ministry, men’s identity quest, jail ministry, pro-life, etc. It’s impressive, except for one thing. No mention of deliverance. So whatever your issue, they offer help, and that is commendable. They have obviously committed enormous resources to reach every kind of need – except one. If you have demons, there doesn’t appear to be a deliverance ministry, at least not one they’ll openly tell you about.

In this time of crisis, our prayers go out to pastor Heitzig for wisdom and strength. But I have to ask a “what if” question. What if Nehemiah’s father, Greg Greigo, had demons left over from his gang-banging days and passed those on to his son? What if a generational curse was at the root of this horrible crime? Could that curse have been broken, and would five people would be alive today? It’s a hard question to ask at a time like this, but it has to be broached. What other explanation is there for a preacher’s kid murdering with such abandon. I don’t have all the answers, but I am willing to ask some tough questions. And by the way. Once again, we see that Christians can have demons. And those demons can push them to the edge of murder.