The wholesale giant issued a statement blaming the error on an offsite distributor.
"Costco's distributor mislabeled a small percentage of the bibles, however we take responsibility and should have caught the mistake," Costco said in a statement. "We are correcting this with them for future distribution. In addition, we are immediately relabeling all mislabeled bibles. We greatly apologize for this error."
The flap began Friday when Caleb Kaltenbach, pastor of Discovery Church, spotted the labels at a Simi Valley Costco.
Kaltenbach tweeted a photo, and later said he wasn't angry at Costco and believes that it was an error.
Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of FICTION
Hmmmm...... pic.twitter.com/mLZVogkSfd— Caleb Kaltenbach (@calebwilds) November 15, 2013
Just so everyone knows: I'm not outraged, angry, or stunned. I thought the label at Costco on the Bible was interesting— Caleb Kaltenbach (@calebwilds) November 21, 2013
I believe Costco when they said it was an error. Hopefully God uses this topic to spark conversations on faith & His Word. I'm sure He will— Caleb Kaltenbach (@calebwilds) November 21, 2013