What you explained is exactly what happens in false churches, and what is done by false teachers, because they serve the devil and they pick up the vices of their master: Pride, falsehood, lust for power, vainglory, lust for material things, etc. Being guided by him, they use his very same weapons terror, charming, seduction, coercion, hardening of the hearts, blocking intellectual activity, etc. and work for the achievement of the same goal: To keep people away from God and systematically destroy them.
We, as true christians, we know that from us only comes evil and sin, we know that it is the Lord who called us to Himself, He has chosen us, not us Him, and if He wants to bring others to Himself, He personally inspire us, instruct us, and guide all our words and thoughts, in such a way, that no one is able to gainsay us. Be one with Him, we have His authority, and gifts, and His sheep hear His voice.
Our Church is being severely persecuted, being the Moscow Patriarchate, and the rest of World Orthodoxy our most frenzied and cruel persecutors, they make people affraid of us by calling us ignorants, fanatical, radical, crazy, and they make their attacks public, to terrorize others who want to join us.
Last year, we went on a pilgrimage to Kolima in Siberia, to serve a panikhida (memorial) on a common tomb where some new martyrs were buried after they were tortured and killed in the sorrounding gulags. It is a public place, everyone can entre. When we were celebrating the panikhida, a group of representatives of the Moscow Patriarchate, accompanied by police, and some other persons, stormed, held the Bishop by his wrists, and started attacking all of us, telling us to leave. As many others, I refused, and told them it was a public place, and we have the right to be there, unless it was closed. One of the police officers said that we were breaking the law by performing an illegal religious service. I said it was not illegal to pray int he open for the death, but they wouldn't listen, they kept pushing us, hitting us, and yelling like demons, trying to terrorize us and make us run away.
This sort of things tell us who is with Him, and who is with the enemy of salvation. Why do they need to resource to violence if they think they are right? Can servants of the Prince of peace be so violent?