A Christian denomination founded in 1901 on Asuza Street in Los Angeles, California. During a time when racism had made its way through Christian denominations and split the faith by skin color, people of all different ethnicities became entangled in love with the birth of the Pentecostal Movement.

Particularly different from other denominations, Pentecostals believe that miracles, signs, and "gifts of the Spirit" are still operational in modern society. The gift that occurs most frequently in Pentecostal churches is glossalalia, also known as "speaking in tongues." Most often manifests itself, not in speaking other human languages, but in speaking in the tongues of angels (1 Corinthians 14:2, 1 Corinthians 13).

Pentecostalism is the fastest growing Christian denomination in the world by conversion and arguably makes Christianity the fastest growing religion. (Islam is the fastest growing religion by birth, but Christianity is the fastest growing by converts.)

There are many different groups within Pentecostalism itself: some which believe in the Trinity, others which deny it and believe in the Oneness of God; some which baptize solely in Jesus' Name (Acts 2:38), and others which baptize in "the Father, Son, and Holy Ghost"; some with very strong standards for women (i.e., not cutting their hair or wearing pants), and others with only standards of modesty.

It should be noted that the Charismatic Movement was birth out of the Pentecostal Movement. While all Charismatics are (consequently) Pentecostals, all Pentecostals are not Charismatics. Popular televangelists like Kenneth Copeland, Benny Hinn, and Creflo Dollar are Charismatics who are teachers in the "Word of Faith Movement." They are not classical Pentecostals.
The Assemblies of God, The Church of God in Christ, the United Pentecostal Church International, The Pentecostal Assemblies of the World, The First Church of Our Lord Jesus Christ, are among many organizations that are classified as Pentecostal.
by Ghetto David January 11, 2006
Pentecostals believe in the Father, Son and Holy Ghost. they believe in the manifestation of the Holy Ghost through speaking in tongues(but not required to be saved). Salvation is through accepting Jesus Christ. Your life should reflect your relationship to Christ, but "Good Deeds",wearing long skirts and not wearing make-up DOES NOT make you saved and is according to your own conviction.Pentecostals are not isolated from other denominations but agree on a common ground that they are saved through Jeus Christ only, and are separated only by different ephasis.

"For by grace you have been saved through faith, and that not of yourselves; it is the gift of God, 9 not of works, lest anyone should boast" -Ephesians 2:8,9
Pentecostal Christians emphasize the day of Pentecost in the book of Acts.
by Tionne April 28, 2008
is not a cult is a religion that belives jesus is the messiah believe in the power of anointing oil and believe in speaking in tongues they dont think you will burn in hell if you wear make up or short skirts they only think you should be modest the dont think not wearing makeup makes you an awsome person they could really care less what you dress like and they believe prophets and phrophetess are still out there and get messages from god =
people who are pentecostal feel prophets walk amung us
by 111love April 5, 2010
A 'Christian' religious sect that meets all neccessary criteria for a cult (though that applies to a number of christian sects). This particular sect of mental patients beleive that females will burn in hell for a cutting their hair, wearing makeup, piercing their ears, or any other destructive, vain activities. All pentecostals are raised to beleive that any non-pentecostal will burn in hell for eternity, as will any pentecostal who has ever drank, smoked, said 'gosh', or missed church. This high level of logical thinking goes a long way in explaining why most pentecostals live in trailer parks and eat fried Spam for dinner (after, of course, they pray).
Pentecostal:"Oh dear, is that (gasp) lipgloss you're wearing...with pants, no less."
Normal person: "Yes, dont you know that most modern females wear pants?"
Pentecostal:"The bible clearly states that sinners like you will be damned to hell for all of eternity."
Normal person walks away content, knowing that hell would be better than a heaven filled with pentecostals.
by lacoste_lover October 4, 2005
A historical day in the Roman Church Calendar and also for the World. The "Day of Pentecost", referenced in the Holy Bible in the book of Acts, Chapter 2, verses 1-4, is to all true Christians, the exact moment when man and the Holy Spirit of God became intertwined. Pentecost Sunday is celebrated every year by "Spirit-filled" believers throughout the world and has become a huge part of the "Charismatic" Christian belief-system, as well as a specific day of celebration in the Catholic community.

Acts 2:1-4 (King James Version)

Acts 2

1And when the day of Pentecost was fully come, they were all with one accord in one place.

2And suddenly there came a sound from heaven as of a rushing mighty wind, and it filled all the house where they were sitting.

3And there appeared unto them cloven tongues like as of fire, and it sat upon each of them.

4And they were all filled with the Holy Ghost, and began to speak with other tongues, as the Spirit gave them utterance.
The apostles were speaking in tongues on Pentecost!

What are you guys doing after church on Pentecost Sunday?

Praise God for Pentecost and for giving us the gift of the Holy Spirit!
by kirkus maximus February 4, 2010
Pentecostals believe in One God and have many standards. There are rumors that it is a "cult". It is not and they do not believe that because a person cuts their hair or wears pants or make up that they will go to hell. They believe everyone who is filled with the Holy Spirit will presumably go to Heaven. Pentecostals welcome anyone and everyone. Also God is the only one who can judge for He has no sins. Only a person with no sin may judge others.
Steve "Pentecostals say that everyone who cuts their hair will go to Hell."
Carol " That is not true!! They believe that only a person who has no sin may judge. If a person if filled with the Holy Spirit then they will go to Heaven."
by Frankie124 December 24, 2010
One God Apostolic Tongue Talking Church of the Living God.

Not a cult.!!. Just b/c women want to present themselves like a real lady, they get called a cult.
I'm Pentecostal and Proud. I live my life according to Acts 2:38. I don't cut my hair I wear skirts and I present myself like a lady should!
by Tongue Talker October 7, 2005