Costco criticized for labeling Bibles as 'fiction'

A California pastor says he was surprised when he found this label attached to a Bible at a Costco.

A California pastor said he made a discovery at a Costco that surprised him: Bibles labeled fiction.

Caleb Kaltenbach is a pastor at a church in Simi Valley, California. He said when he was in Costco, he spotted Bibles priced at $14.99 in the fiction section.

He said he was surprised so he posted it to social media with the status: "Costco has Bibles for sale under the genre of fiction. Hmmm..."

But it wasn't just one or two. He checked other Bibles and found them to have the fiction label as well.

His photo sparked a sharp debate. One user asked "Is Costco selling the Koran (sic) under the genre of fiction?" while another said "I think Costco got this right." Members of Kaltenbach's church think it's big deal and say they believe the Bible is real.

He said Costco later reached out to him and said it was a distributing error at their warehouse and the labels were later changed. A TV station in California checked at a different Costco and found them labeled "gift".

Kaltenbach says while he's gotten outrage from both sides of the debate, he's chalking it up to a mistake.

"It just highlights our mission of being able to share the gospel with people."