It seems obvious that John MacArthur's Nouthetic Counseling is based on Scientology's Dianetic Auditing? How did that happen? I think the hidden connection between Scientology and John MacArthur's global organization is Scottish Rite Freemasonry. MacArthur's family connections to the Scottish Rite are already documented:

The source of Scientology is also in Scottish Rite Freemasonry. According to John Daniel's book Scarlet & The Beast, the origins of Scientology was Aleister Crowley's OTO which started in Great Britain and later established a lodge to Pasadena, CA. Crowley was a 33 degree Scottish Rite Mason, British intelligence agent, founder of the OTO and initiator of L Ron Hubbard.

Excerpts from Scarlet & The Beast:

"Maury Terry, and American investigative journalist, tells in 'The Ultimate Evil' how the O.T.O. got started in our country: 

"After internal dissension, elements of the Golden Dawn more or less merged into the Ordo Templi Orientis. Aleister Crowley won permission to head a British OTO branch, and the teachings of the OTO entered the United States with Crowley in 1916, during World War I in Europe.'

"Later, during World War II, Crowley helped establish an OTO lodge in Pasadena, California, and OTO branches subsequently sprouted in a number of U.S. cities, including New York and Houston. In effect, a loose network was formed and already functioning via occult shops and bookstores, newsletters, ads in the underground press and other methods.'

"THE O.T.O. AND THE CHURCH OF SCIENTOLOGY [The following is quoted from 'Scarlet and the Beast,' Vol. 1, pp. 433-434.] After Crowley's death, Freemason L. Ron Hubbard acquired the O.T.O. leadership in America. Robert Anton Wilson, co-author with Timothy Leary of 'Neuropolitics' in 1977, explains that 'Hubbard's system is derived largely from Aleister Crowley.... Hubbard was a member of Crowley's Ordo Templi Orientis in the 1940s; and Hubbard later...invented a system which seems, to those of us who know both, very similar to the system taught by Crowley in the O.T.O. 

"Hubbard was initiated into the O.T.O. in 1944 by Aleister Crowley himself. After Crowley's death, the O.T.O. was headquartered for a time in Hubbard's Church of Scientology. In 1992 'The Auditor,' the journal of Scientology, reports that there are 146 Scientology centers worldwide, with 54 of them in the United States and Canada alone." 

The International headquarters of Scientology, called Gold Base (an alchemical term used in Masonry), is located in Hemet, CA, 100 miles SE of Los Angeles. Prior to Gold Base, the international headquarters was in Saint Hill Manor, Great Britain, where “L. Ron Hubbard, the founder of Scientology, bought the mansion from Sawai Man Singh II, the Maharajah of Jaipur, in 1959. He lived there until early 1966.”  The current president, David Miscavige, joined the Church of Scientology in 1971 and moved to Saint Hill Manor UK with his family.  


According to Wikipedia, Hubbard purchased Gold Base in 1978 as an attempt to replicate the Scottish Highlands, which is the territory formerly held by the Scottish Clan MacArthur.


“The Church of Scientology acquired the property, which had formerly been a resort called Gilman Hot Springs, in 1978. It had previously been a popular Inland Empire vacation spot and spa established in the 1890s but went bankrupt in the late 1970s due to changes in American vacation habits. Bought for cash in great secrecy by the Church, using the alias of the ‘Scottish Highland Quietude Club,’ it has since been developed and expanded considerably.”


“There are around 50 buildings on the property, many built in a mock-Scottish Highlands style.”


“The south side of the base is primarily used by Golden Era Productions, the Church of Scientology's in-house movie studio. It includes a 74,000-square-foot (6,900 m2) studio in the shape of a Scottish castle, which was built in 1997–98 at a cost of $10.8 million to serve as a production facility for the Church's training and promotional films and videos.’


“A number of ‘Staff Berthing’ blocks are located a few hundred yards away, housing around 1,000 members of the Church's Sea Org. In keeping with the base's Scottish theme, each building is named after a different Scottish clan and bears its crest.”

“The Church claims that Hubbard ‘had a fascination with all things Scottish [and] chose the Gilman Hot Springs property after discovering it while scouting filming locations that looked like Scotland’. It was acquired in conditions of extraordinary secrecy. $2.7 million in cash was paid by the new owners, who called themselves the ‘Scottish Highland Quietude Club’.”

"‘Bonnie View’, Hubbard's $9.4 million mansion at Gold Base.”


Exterior of "The Castle", the movie studio built at Gold Base in 1997–8 in the style of aScottish castle.