This is the condensed version of the other thread(s) regarding Alcoholics Anonymous. Condensed because after much long winded threads of my thinking out loud here, finally may have answered a bit of the mystery.
That is, the AA groups and their controlling, manipulative members purporting to espouse the only true brand of AA--that they're message is the only real AA:

Their emphasis on assurance of faith ("attraction not promotion") is juxtaposed with Jesus on the Cross:

"Why hast Thou forsaken me?

Even Jesus had doubts about His being "God conscious".