Bravo: We NEVER Authorized 'Bible Housewives'

7/18/2011 4:00 AM PDT

Bravo: We NEVER Authorized 'Bible Housewives'

"The Real Housewives of the Bible" insist they answer to a Higher calling -- but now, the show's creator may also have to answer to Bravo ... because the network claims they NEVER signed off on the project.

If you haven't seen the show ... it's because it went straight to DVD .... and it's also not a reality show ... but rather a scripted series with some seriously religious story lines.

Problem is ... Bravo holds the trademark on the "Real Housewives" name ... and the network claims "Bible Housewives" creator Ty Adams never got permission to use it.

A rep for the network tells TMZ ... "Bravo is in no way associated with this project" ... adding, "We vigorously protect our trademarks and take appropriate action when necessary."

So far, it's unclear if Bravo has contacted Adams over the matter ... but it sounds like it's only a matter of time.